Sexual Headache

Sexual headache is also known as coital cephalgia. It is a headache that occurs due to sexual activity. There is a development of dull aches in the head and neck as sexual excitement increases. Taking pain-relieving medications like Ibuprofen and Indomethacin helps to manage it.

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Can a headache that occurs during sexual intercourse be due to high blood pressure?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37- year-old male who weighs 73 kg, with good health. 18 days ago, I developed a dull headache at the back of my head, affecting the left side only. When it started, it was of medium intensity and did require pain medications for three days (Paracetamol and Codeine). While the hea...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully through your question and would explain that your symptoms are suggestive of tension-type cervicogenic headaches. In contrast, the throbbing headache during sexual activity could be related to high blood pressure (based on your description). In my o...  Read Full »

What causes a severe migraine for hours after sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female with a weight of 47 kilograms and a height of five feet. I have severe migraine after sex and it lasted for four hours. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Afifa Nighat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems to be a sexual headache. It usually lasts for 24 to 72 hours. It usually occurs in the occipital area and it is unilateral. You can take Zolmitriptan nasal spray 5 mg. If you have repetitive attacks, then you need to take preventive therapy. If it lasts for mor...  Read Full »

Why do I get headache even when I think of erection?

Query: Hello doctor, One day while having regular sex just before and during ejaculation, I experienced a sudden severe headache. It was painful and lasted for about 10 minutes. It started as a dull ache from my neck and head and it build up just during ejaculation. Two days later, I tried to have sex ag...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishav Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You might be suffering from a disease termed as benign vascular sexual headache. To make its diagnosis, we need to rule out intracranial bleed first. Get MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain done to rule out structural disease. Once structural causes are ruled ou...  Read Full »

How to reduce excess oxytocin in brain?

Query: Hi doctor, Two months back, I got married. Then, I involved with excessive kissing with my wife. For the past one month, I am facing some kind of headache and heaviness in the head. I checked with the local physician and they said that there are excess of love hormones in the brain. That is excess o...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern, but I differ in opinion regarding the oxytocin and headache. Oxytocin concentration increases in response to kiss. Prolonged kiss is associated with vasodilation and this in turn reduces headache. Similarly, increased Oxytocin helps in reduc...  Read Full »

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