Get a Headache During Sex? Check It Out

Sex is supposed to make us happy.  Satisfy us.  Transform a day from pretty ordinary to outstanding (well, you get what I mean).  But should it give you a headache?

About one percent of adults say it does, according to 

And these people say that such headaches can be severe.

But the actual incidence is almost certainly higher, according to Loyola University Medical Center neurologist and headache specialist Dr. Jose Biller, who has treated dozens of patients for headaches associated with sexual activity (HAS). Biller is chair of Loyola’s Department of Neurology, and is certified in Headache Medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

"Many people who experience headaches during sexual activity are too embarrassed to tell their physicians, and doctors often don’t ask,” the Web site quotes Biller. "Headaches associated with sexual activity can be extremely painful and scary. They also can be very frustrating, both to the individual suffering the headache and to the partner.”

Headaches in general usually are caused by disorders such as migraines or tension-type headaches. But headaches also can be secondary to other conditions, and some of these conditions can be life-threatening.

The vast majority of headaches associated with sexual activity are benign. But in a small percentage of cases, these headaches can be due to a serious underlying condition, such as a hemorrhage, brain aneurysm, stroke, cervical artery dissection or subdural hematoma, newswise notes, "especially important when the headache is a first occurrence," says Biller.

 Men are three to four times more likely to get headaches associated with sexual activity than women.

Sexual activity is comparable to mild- to moderate-intensity exercise.  So think about that the next time you miss your morning jog.


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