Can Great Sex Give You Headaches?

Sex Haedache

If you are experiencing headaches after having a session of amazing sex, then you are not alone. It is a very common thing that happens to a lot of people. Debilitating headaches can happen due to a lot of reasons. It can be associated with migraines or sinusitis. But if you are experiencing sudden headaches during or after sex, then you might be having sex headaches. It is more common than you think. It is generally characterized by headaches that a person experiences upon achieving an orgasm or right after it. This ache can occur in the head and neck during an intense sexual excitement. This is not something that you should be worried a lot about. But if your orgasms are giving a lot of pain to you, then it is better to consult a physician.

Types Of Sex Headaches

Types of sex headaches


There are two kinds of sex headaches generally experienced by people. One kind of sex headache is characterized by a mild ache in the head and neck which intensifies with sexual excitement. Another kind of sex headache is characterized by a throbbing pain in the head that occurs right before or during an orgasm. Sometimes, people can experience both. The duration of these headaches can vary with different individuals. Some people can experience it for a few minutes whereas others can have it for days. The occurrence of these headaches can happen in clusters extending over months and then disappear suddenly for years for some people. And some people can even experience this just once in their entire lifetime. Hence, it is safe to say that the disease can come and go as it pleases.

Expert Opinions On The Subject

Experts speak

According to the renowned neurologist Isha Gupta of IGEA Brain and Spine of New York and New Jersey, headaches that are initiated by sex are known as primary sexual headaches. Women and men can both experience these headaches. According to the author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide To Women’s Intimate Health Dr. Sherry A. Ross, many experts have their doubts about the origin of these headaches but it can be categorized into exertion-related headaches. The idea behind the genesis of these headaches are yet to be discovered but experts believe it is not something to be very worried about.

Some Theories Behind Sex Headaches


One theory by Dr. Ross suggests that headaches can happen due to the adrenaline rush that our bodies experience during sex. Adrenaline rushes throughout our bodies during sex is followed by a ‘calmer’ phase of an orgasm. This sudden change in the phase can cause headaches. Another theory by Dr. Isha Gupta suggests that sex headaches can happen due to a sudden increase in pressure in the head that happens during an orgasm. It can be explained as when a person coughs, a sudden headache is felt due to sudden building up of pressure in the head. The genesis of sex headache can be similar to this.

It has been found that men are more prone to sex headaches than women due to sudden changes in the flow of their blood and exertion on their bodies. People with migraine are more likely to encounter sex headaches than others.

Should You Be Worried?

 Should you be worried

According to doctors, sex headaches are not something to be worried about. If you are having excess amount of pain during sex, then it is advisable to see a doctor for consultation. If your sex headaches are associated with vomiting, stiffness in the neck, loss of consciousness and excruciating pain lasting more than a day, then it is advisable to consult a doctor immediately. There might be an underlying condition that is surfacing with your recurring sex headaches. Tests like MRI, CT Scan and angiograms can effectively find out the underlying causes. So, don’t hesitate to visit a doctor for a thorough check up.

Sometimes gain comes with some pain. So, don’t feel disheartened if your orgasm is giving you some pain. It is the proof of your good time.