Sex as a Therapeutic Aid
Researchers from the University of Munster in Germany reached out to a thousand patients diagnosed with either migraines or cluster headaches. The research subjects were organized into 800 patients who suffer from migraines and 200 who experience cluster headaches. The population sample pretty much mirrored what is known about these two conditions: Whereas most migraine patients are women, the opposite is true of cluster headaches, which are mostly experienced by men. Also, the rate of patients who suffer from chronic migraines with aura was about 25 percent.
- Nearly 33 percent of patients find sex to be a form of relief from their headache
- Up to 60 percent of migraine patients reported complete or at least significant relief after having sex
- Similar percentages were reported by patients who suffer from cluster headaches
Sex as Neurochemical Therapy
Sex Can Also be a Migraine Trigger
Since stress and depression have very negative consequences for many migraine patients, physicians often prescribe antidepressants and triptans as part of a preventive regime strategy to control migraines. Exercise can help with migraines since it can also release endorphins and serotonin, but individual activities such as yoga may be better for some people who find team sports stressful. To this effect, masturbation may turn out better for migraine patients for whom intimacy with others evokes feelings of stress.