A new study, published in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, suggests sex may be more effective in curing a headache than painkillers. Picture: AFP
A new study, published in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, suggests sex may be more effective in curing a headache than painkillers.
“Our results show that sexual activity during a migraine attack might relieve or even stop an attack in some cases, and that sexual activity in the presence of headache is not an unusual behaviour,” Daily Mail quoted the study as saying.
“Sex can abort migraine and cluster headache attacks, and sexual activity is used by some patients as acute headache treatment.”
Researchers at the University of Munster in Germany gathered data of about 400 patients who suffered from two types of headaches, 60% were migraine patients while others suffered from cluster headaches.
About 37% reported an improvement in symptoms after having sex during a headache, 90% reported moderate relief while 50% said the headache got worse, the Telegraph reported.
The researchers say one reason could be that sex possibly triggers the natural painkillers, endorphins, in the body.
“In total, 42.7% of all migraine patients experienced at least 50% relief, a response rate as high as in studies on acute medication,’ Daily Mail quoted the study.
“We can now say, however, that the excuse of “not tonight, I have a headache” may not be taken seriously by all sexual partners,” researchers added.