To present a rare case of primary headache associated with sexual activity. A year-old man presented with a severe headache during sexual intercourse, particularly at the time of orgasm. A diagnosis of type 2 primary headache associated with sexual activity was made, and he was started on indomethacin 25 mg to be taken 30 min before intercourse and propranolol 40 mg twice a day, following which he noted a dramatic improvement within in a week.
To medical experts, it's known as coital cephalgia, an intense, searing headache that's brought on by sexual activity. But many people know it as an extreme case of, "not tonight dear, I have a headache. For Will Ashton, 31, it was one of the most terrifying moments of his life, and it occurred while he was having sex with his girlfriend.
You know the moment when your headache kicks in along with a tidal wave of questions. Is this a run-of-the-mill pain in the head, or are you experiencing the Big One—a brain tumor? Brain tumors produce neurological deficits such as changes in cognitive function, thinking abilities, language mistakes, changes in behavior.
Sex headaches are brought on by sexual activity — especially an orgasm. You may notice a dull ache in your head and neck that builds up as sexual excitement increases. Or, more commonly, you may experience a sudden, severe headache just before or during orgasm.
We've all heard the old joke: "Not tonight, dear. I have a headache. Such headaches may be benign exertional headaches brought on by strenuous activity, including sexual activity.
The pain lasts for several minutes, or maybe it lingers for a couple of hours. What you may have experienced is known as an orgasm headache, a rare — but often harmless — type of sex headache that happens before or at the moment of sexual release. An orgasm headache is one of two types of sex headaches.
Headaches can be associated with sexual activity, especially with orgasm. There are two types of these headaches. In the first type, the excitement accompanying intercourse causes muscle contraction in the head and neck, thus leading to head pain.
Sex may relieve migraine pain for some people who suffer from the intense headaches, new research suggests. The finding, published in the March issue of the journal Cephalalgia, found that sexual activity relieved the pain of migraines or cluster headaches, severe, one-sided recurring head pains, for up to a third of patients. Some of the patients even reported using sex as a kind of headache therapy. 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.
The majority of these patients have no underlying intracranial pathologic condition and have a good prognosis. Since the pathophysiology is poorly understood, treatment choices are limited. Further research is needed to elucidate the pathophysiologic mechanisms of these uncommon headaches and to assess the cost-effectiveness of various diagnostic and follow-up strategies.
About 1 percent of adults report they have experienced headaches associated with sexual activity, and that such headaches can be severe. But the actual incidence is almost certainly higher, according to a Loyola University Medical Center neurologist and headache specialist. Jose Biller, who has treated dozens of patients for headaches associated with sexual activity HAS.