Headache During Sex

08/28/2009 - Questions and Answers

Headache During Sex

By: Novoviva webmaster



During intercourse I have recently had dull pains (like a headache) that seem to originate at the base of the brain where the head joins the neck.

They sometimes last for minutes, other times for hours. Should I worry about this? It's been going on for about 2 months. 


Headaches coming on during sex are not usually serious, but the first time one should check with a doctor to make sure it isn't related to a brain hemorrhage. That's clearly not the case with you. 

There are basically two main types: one is a dull pain starting before orgasm, while the other is like a 'thunderclap' occurring within seconds of orgasm. Both types occur in bouts lasting usually a few weeks, and then stop on their own, but for some people they can go on for years. They can last for up to 12 hours. 

Headaches associated with sex usually begin in the 30s, and are four times more common in men. 

Indomethacin, an NSAID pain-killer, has been used to prevent these headaches. It should be taken an hour before sex. If the headaches are frequent and persistent, a trial of a beta-blocker, such as propranolol (normally used to lower blood pressure) is recommended. 

The link below may be helpful to you in learning more about your problem (see the contents in column to the left). 

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SUNY Upstate Medical University - Headache Cybertext

Created on: 11/30/2004
Reviewed on: 08/28/2009

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