A new study from the University of Munster in Germany claims that sex may be more effective than taking painkillers for a headache.
According to The Telegraph, the study sent an anonymous questionnaire to 800 random migraine patients and 200 similar cluster headache sufferers.
They were asked about their experience with sexual activity during a headache attack and its impact on headache intensity.
The study was published in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, and claims that more than half of migraine sufferers who had sex during a headache saw an improvement in symptoms.
One in five patients left without any pain at all and male headache sufferers “even used sexual activity as a therapeutic tool," said the study.
Researchers believe that sex triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, which can reduce, or even eliminate, a headache.
“The majority of patients with migraine or cluster headache do not have sexual activity during headache attacks,” the study concluded. “Our data suggest, however, that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients."
“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 behavior. Sex can abort migraine and cluster headache attacks, and sexual activity is used by some patients as acute headache treatment.”
Source: The Telegraph