Our expert says:
According to the National Headache Foundation, for some people, sex with orgasm can cause two kinds of headaches:
This exertional headache occurs during sex. It develops when the blood vessels of the brain dilate and the muscles of the head and neck contract as a result of building excitement in preparation for orgasm. This headache is usually benign and rarely associated with a serious health problem. Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug could help relieve the pain of an exertional headache. However, see a health care provider if you also experience any of the following symptoms along with this type of headache, or if this head pain occurs more often than once in a while, because it could indicate a serious problem that needs to be looked at right away:
Very stiff neck
Orgasmic cephalalgia or orgasmic headache
A type of vascular headache that occurs right before orgasm, regardless of how vigorous sex is or not, this intense, severe headache can sometimes be caused by elevated blood pressure. It usually affects more men than women, and people who have migraines are particularly prone to developing one. Typically felt around or behind the eyes, the pain often persists for a few minutes, but can continue up to several hours. Staying still while having this kind of headache could help limit the pain. If you experience any other unusual symptoms, such as a stiff neck, see a health care provider for a check-up to rule out something more serious, such as a stroke, brain tumour, or bleeding in or around the brain. If your health care provider determines that your headache is just a headache, then taking a migraine medication that constricts blood vessels could be helpful before you have sex.
Dr Elna Mcintosh
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