That’s right CoolDudes and Dudettes. It appears that for some migraine-sufferers, pain relief might just be an orgasm away. According to researchers at the University of Munster in Germany, about 1/3 of people report that having sex significantly reduces pain associated with migraine headaches.
Here’s the scoop from LiveScience:
“There’s a [portion] of patients with migraines, about one-third, who experience relief from a migraine attack by sexual activity,” said study researcher Stefan Evers, a neurologist and headache specialist at the University of Münster in Germany.
The researchers aren’t sure why this happens, but hypothesize that the rush of endorphins, the brain’s natural painkillers, during sex may numb the pain of migraines.
Doctors had previously reported that sex relieves migraines, but those results were based on small studies.
To see whether this phenomenon was borne out on a larger scale, Evers and his colleagues sent 800 patients who had migraines and 200 patients with cluster headaches a questionnaire about their experiences with sexual activity during headache attacks, and how sex affected the pain intensity.
About four in 10 of the surveyed patients responded.
Results showed that about a third of patients engaged in sexual activity during a migraine or cluster headache. Of migraine sufferers, 60 percent experienced relief, with the majority of those patients reporting a moderate or complete amount of pain relief.
For a third of the responding patients, sex worsened the migraines.
Among patients with cluster headaches, about a third reported total or partial relief, while about 50 percent said their headaches worsened.
Evers suspects the bodies of those who experienced complete pain relief from migraines may be more likely to release endorphins during sex.
The notion that sexual activity might be the best “natural remedy” migraine pain is slightly counterintuitive, especially considering the fact that sex is the last thing on most people’s minds when they have a headache. But if you’re looking to skip the prescriptions, it might just be worth a try.