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Orgasm and Migraines

Although orgasm is generally a pleasant and positive experience, for some it can become very painful. Post-orgasm headaches and muscle cramps are common complaints.

Most headaches that occur related to sex are not serious. Nevertheless, they can be quite painful. It’s best for your partner to see his doctor, who can also rule out the relatively rare possibility of it being a tumor or something serious.

The doctor will likely ask questions about the headaches themselves — whether they occur only after sex, during sex, or after other strenuous activity.

If it turns out to be a sexual headache, the doctor will probably say that these headaches are very common and that they usually occur right after orgasm due to the sudden change in blood flow and blood pressure.

When getting sexually aroused hands, feet, and the head fill with blood. Following orgasm, there is a sudden drop in this pressure. In your partner’s case, it may be that the drop in pressure is accompanied by pain.

These headaches seem to occur in men much more than women. They also may be triggered by the adrenaline that floods the body during intense activity.

The doctor may order tests like a CT scan, a special X-ray, to check that there are no problems with the blood vessels in the brain. If the tests come back normal, and they often do, your partner could ask your doctor about taking an over-the-counter pain reliever or a prescription medicine before sex.

Headache specialists may have more knowledge of what pain relievers work best, so encourage your partner to start there if he can.

The muscle cramps may be due to exertion. If this is a problem, I would suggest that you investigate the possibility of increasing potassium intake either with vitamins or bananas. That might relieve some of the muscle cramps.

Related Links: Female Sexual Problems, Male Sexual Problems

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