Yes, it’s a real thing! A sex headache, also known as coital cephalgia, is more common in women than men.
What Is A Sex Headache?
A sex headache is mostly brought on when you are at your sexual peak, just reaching orgasm. You may suddenly feel a dull throbbing in your head or neck that builds up as your sexual excitement increases. In severe cases, you may experience a sharp headache just when you are about to orgasm or during.
What Your Doctor May Ask
If you notice a pattern in these headaches, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can. Here’s a list of questions you may be asked.
- When did you first experience the sex headache?
- Did it suddenly start and increase, or was it a throbbing pain?
- Did you feel it before your orgasm or during?
- Do you get the headaches each time you have sex, or sometimes?
- Do you have any other symptoms during this time, besides the headache?
- Do you feel the headache at other times too?
- Does anyone in your family have migraine attacks or known sex headaches?
- Does anything help with your headaches?
- Does anything worsen your headaches?
Modes Of Treatment
Your doctor may suggest the following line of treatment, based on your condition:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Your doctor may suggest an MRI to find the underlying cause of the headache. A magnetic field and radio waves will be used to create cross-sectional images of the areas within your brain.
- Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan: If you experienced the headache less than 48 hours ago, your doctor may suggest a CT scan. An X-ray unit rotates around your body and a computer helps create cross-sectional images of your head and your brain.
- Angiogram: A cerebral angiogram can show the arteries of your brain and neck. A thin, flexible tube is threaded through your blood vessel. It starts around your groin and reaches an artery in your neck. The doctor will inject a contrasting material in the tube to create images of the arteries in your neck and brain.
- Spinal Tap: Your doctor will remove a small quantity of the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord to assess bleeding or any kind of infection.