Here’s why you get a headache after sex

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Nov 9, 2017, 11:27 am IST
Updated Nov 9, 2017, 11:27 am IST
According to sexologists, the phermones that cause post-coitus headaches are more common in men than women.
Headaches associated with sexual activity (HSA) often come in two categories. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Headaches associated with sexual activity (HSA) often come in two categories. (Photo: Pixabay)

Mostly, people use headaches as an excuse when they are not in the mood to have sex with their partners. However, it turns out that sex headaches are actually a real thing. But, here’s the catch! You won't be able to tell your partner off with it. That is because they are caused by having sex!

According to sexologist Dr Margaret Redelman, the phermones that cause post-coitus headaches are more common in men than women.

Writing in the British Journal of Medical Practitioners she explained that headaches associated with sexual activity (HSA) often come in two categories.

According to her, the first builds up mounting pressure that increases as sexual excitement does and the other has an "explosive, throbbing quality" that happens just before you climax.

While not a common problem, it is generally believed that man do not report it due to embarrassment.

And while they are not anything to be worried about they can be "unpleasant, frightening and repetitive" she added.

According to Dr Redelman men are more likely to be affected than women and among the cases reported there are two age groups when sore heads peak - early twenties and in their 40s.

Men, who are not in good physical shape and are prone to high blood pressure are more likely to get a sex headache along with women who experience painful muscle contractions.

She further adds that psychological problems in the bedroom may also be a contributing factor.

However, most of the time headaches brought on by sex will go away of their own accord. If they don’t, one can try changing position to relieve the tension on their muscles. It is thought some headaches may be brought on by stiffness in the neck, so chose a position that minimises the pressure in that area

According to Annabelle Knight, a sex and relationship expert who spoke to HuffPost UK, a particularly energetic sex can lead to a sore head.

One way of stopping the headaches is through a prescribed beta blocker, often used to control blood pressure, to stop the flow of blood pounding in the head.

However, beta blockers have a slow absorption rate, which means they need to be taken at least an hour before one gets down and dirty. Painkillers can also be taken to numb the pain after one has been intimate with someone.

Experience sex headaches regularly could make one difficulty becoming aroused and lead to erectile dysfunction. In women it could cause vaginal dryness or maybe even vaginismus in severe cases.





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