How many times have we stopped maintaining relationships for a headache?
I remember a stage of my life in which after having any type of orgasm – jerking off or practicing sex-, immediately my head hurt. It was as if I pressed a button that managed to cause me a kind of migraine. I was worried. It was two eternal weeks, in which I thought I had a serious illness and never again happened. I was going to enjoy an orgasm again.
Years later, I learned these pains are called “orgasm headache” and there are several types. A nightmare, really. Luckily, these pains stopped and, to this day, they have not returned. Get away forever from my life. I do not want to see you again.
Anhedonia is the inability to experience pleasure in activities that should be pleasurable. In orgasmic anhedonia, orgasm and pleasure are totally disconnected. In addition to pleasure, orgasm has many benefits. In one study, scientists have discovered that frequent orgasms are related to a wide range of health benefits for men, from a lower risk of cancer to a longer life.
At the University of Munster, Germany, a study published in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, revealed that more than half of migraine patients who had sexual intercourse while suffering one experienced improvement in symptoms. It was discovered that sex can lead to a slight or total relief of the discomfort caused by migraines. The explanation is based on that practicing it releases endorphins, which are natural analgesics, and this can reduce or eliminate headaches.
“Our results show that sexual activity during a migraine attack can alleviate or even stop an episode in some cases, and that sexual activity with the presence of headache is not an unusual behavior,” the scientists said. “Sex can nullify migraine and attacks of headache and sexual activity is used by some patients as an acute treatment for headache,” the scientists concluded.
In the study, the neurologists collected data on 400 patients who had suffered headaches for two years: they discovered that 33 percent had engaged in sex during a migraine episode. Of them, 60 percent of patients with migraine and 36 percent of men and women with headaches had an improvement in symptoms.
Where will the famous excuse of “Today I do not want to fuck, my head hurts”? The excuses are over. Science supports you.
This article originally appeared on VICE MX.