“Some pain you can distance yourself from but a headache sits right where you live.” —Mark Lawrence


Headaches can happen right before orgasm and last until after sex. Sometimes it’s a quick headache and other times it can last for a while.
If you’ve tried to do an online search on the topic, you’ve more than likely realized it’s hard to find research on this topic. It seems little is known or discussed.

But, it does happen. 

There are three basic types of sexual headaches:

  • A dull ache in the head, neck, and jaw that intensifies with sexual excitement. This is similar to a tension headache.
  • A sudden and severe headache that occurs with orgasm. This type can last for hours. Sometimes called a thunderclap because it comes on like a clap of thunder. 
  • A headache that occurs while sitting up after intercourse. This type gets worse when you stand up after sex, and lessens if you lie back down. 

Since headaches are a source of pain, the impact on your sexual intimacy is real. 

Not only can it kill the mood and the afterglow of an orgasm, but it can also cause you to become fearful of having one again. Making you wonder if you’ll get another headache or if it be worse the next time. 

Plus, if it takes you out of the moment, your spouse will also be concerned for you and your well-being.

There are a couple of risk factors that can predispose you to a headache before orgasm. 

For instance, being a man or having a history of migraines can increase your chances.

Since the medical world is not 100% certain what causes sex headaches, you can look at some of the basics of what causes headaches to help you sort out why this might be happening to you or your spouse. 

Speak with your medical professional if you are experiencing headaches during sexual activity. While many times headaches are often benign and related to situations you are currently in, there can be situations when the headaches are indicative of other health conditions.

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Disclaimer: Tony and Alisa are not medical doctors and what is being discussed is not medical advice, nor is it intended to replace a conversation with your doctor. In fact, it is  recommended that you discuss this with your doctor if this is something you are experiencing.

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