Not just sex but also masturbation can help relieve migraine pain. Migraine pain is related with low levels of endorphins and serotonin. This improves during orgasm as the body releases these chemicals and hormones that decrease the sensation of pain and induce a sense of pleasure, providing relief from migraine pain. Try it. But if you are prone to headaches after an orgasm, be warned that this method won't serve you well.
Sex has many health benefits, and one of them might be relieving migraines. Doubtful? Here’s proof.
Sex Improves Migraine Pain
A 2013 study found that in certain patients, sexual activity improved migraine pain or cluster headaches, which are severe, one-sided recurring head pains. In fact, more patients reported moderate to complete relief from migraines or cluster headaches following sexual activity than those who reported headaches as worsening.1
Thanks To The Endorphins Sex Releases
There’s no clear understanding yet as to why this happens, but their educated assumption is that it could be because of the rush of endorphins released during orgasm.
Endorphins Lower Pain Sensation
Endorphins have a morphine-like function on the nervous system and can decrease the patient’s sensation of pain either by inhibiting substance P, the protein required for pain transmission, or by releasing more dopamine, which heightens the sensation of pleasure.2
Migraine Patients Have Low Endorphin Levels
It has been found that low levels of beta endorphins in the blood and the cerebrospinal fluid are related with migraine. People have been found to have low beta endorphin levels during an attack, and those with chronic migraine have lower levels than those with episodic migraines.3
Serotonin Also Plays A Role
It has also been found that a low neurotransmission of the neurtotransmitter serotonin leads to migraine pain and associated symptoms.4 A recent study in the journal Headache reports that the neurotransmitter serotonin is also released during sex. This neurotransmitter is also creates an overall feel-good sensation. Thus even this could be the contributing factor.
Adds up, doesn’t it? Sexual activity helps release endorphins and serotonin that numb the sensation of pain, providing relief from migraine, and increase the feeling of relaxation and happiness.
Masturbating May Also Help
Because orgasm is what causes the rush of endorphins, masturbation might be just as helpful, if not a more convenient option. A case study reports that a female patient who resorted to clitoral and/or vaginal masturbation at the onset of a migraine headache found relief in cases of mild to moderately severe migraine attacks. As the period of relaxation following this sexual activity helped her sleep better, her pain situation improved significantly.5
Does Sex Always Relieve Migraines?
However, you must be warned that sex or masturbation may not help everyone. In some, they may instead trigger a migraine attack or worsen an existing one. This is because sex can be considered an activity that requires some exertion and may put pressure on the back and the neck. Sex might not work especially if you have a history of explosive headaches at the point of orgasm.
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|1.||↑||Hambach, Anke, Stefan Evers, Oliver Summ, Ingo W. Husstedt, and Achim Frese. “The impact of sexual activity on idiopathic headaches: An observational study.” Cephalalgia 33, no. 6 (2013): 384-389.|
|2.||↑||Sprouse-Blum, Adam S., Greg Smith, Daniel Sugai, and F. Don Parsa. “Understanding endorphins and their importance in pain management.” Hawaii Med J 69, no. 3 (2010): 70-1|
|3.||↑||Misra, Usha K., Jayantee Kalita, Gyanesh M. Tripathi, and Sanjeev K. Bhoi. “Is β endorphin related to migraine headache and its relief?.” Cephalalgia 33, no. 5 (2013): 316-322.|
|4.||↑||Hamel, E. “Serotonin and migraine: biology and clinical implications.” Cephalalgia 27, no. 11 (2007): 1293-1300.|
|5.||↑||Uca, Ali Ulvi, and Hasan Hüseyin Kozak. “Masturbation and orgasm as migraine headache treatment: Report of a case.” Neurology Asia 20, no. 2 (2015): 185-186.|
They obviously have never had one! I hope they all get one and are approached as they are pucking their guts out wanting to die! No empathy from Ayurveda here,really starting to go downhill with posts!
I am diagnosed with classic migraines and sex along with chiropractic manipulation are good prevention for me along with my meds. Nothing can stop a migraine during the attack but an abortive. My pain is so horrible I try everything.
Kimberly Spooner Ramirez, well no wonder you can't get relief from your migraines... Your hubby is always gone! Lol! \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602