Sex can cause the most intense and incredible sensations in your body, but some guys experience a more painful reaction during intercourse. A blistering migraine to be precise.
At least one percent of sexually active adults suffer from something called coital cephalalgia, more commonly known as ‘sex headaches’, and the phenomenon is almost always triggered by an orgasm.
The condition is recognised by the Mayo Clinic and NHS who both claim it’s caused by a pressure buildup in the head and neck muscles.
Self magazine delved into the topic further and concluded that there are three main types of sex headaches.
One is an ache that gets worse the more aroused and excited you get; the second is a severe headache that occurs before or at the moment of orgasm, and the third is bit stranger – it happens after sex and gets worse when the sufferer stands up from a lying position.
Usually, they last for several minutes, but in more serious cases it can last up to 24 hours. In that situation consulting a doctor is always recommended.
Worse yet, men are THREE times more prone to experiencing these headaches during sex than women, especially if they have a history of migraines.
The pain can come on suddenly and last for up to a year or disappear after one time. There is no definite way to predict when it will happen.
It might be a good idea to make sure you’re hydrated before a rigorous sex session and your magnesium levels are A-OK, as a lack of both can lead to migraine troubles.
Despite the pain these post coitus headaches inflict, it’s usually not a cause for concern. Pop an aspirin before sex, and you should be good to go.