A team of neurologists found that sexual activity can lead to “partial or complete relief” of head pain in some migraines.
The study, from the University of Munster, Germany, suggests that instead of using a sore head as an excuse to refuse sex, making love can be more effective than taking painkillers.
Their research, reported in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, found that more than half of migraine sufferers who had sex during an episode experienced an improvement in symptoms.
One in five patients left without any pain at all, while others, in particular male sufferers “even used sexual activity as a therapeutic tool”, they added.
They suggested that sex triggered the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, through the central nervous system, which can in turn reduce, or even eliminate, a headache.
Can you imagine a world where we look to our sexuality as a part of our medicine?
I have mentioned many times that in the 1850s Victorian Physicians performed vaginal massage (orgasm) to treat female hysteria. The movie "Hysteria" documents this time in history which led to the invention of the vibrator.
I have also been vocal about sexual wellness as natural ways to improve your immune system, cardiovascular system, and overall well being.
What makes us resistant and hesitant to embrace this?
In my research and experience coaching women about their sexuality, I have identified the following reasons we resist the power of sexual healing.
Religious training – interpretations of sex and sexual behavior by many religions teaching repression and shame. This has created confusion in enjoying sex for both young and mature women alike. And if you are unable to enjoy sex, it will not be a healing experience.
Reliance/Dependence on Quick Fix – our trained response when we have a health issue is to see a doctor or take a pill. When is the last time you were ill, and thought sex could help? We are also greatly influenced by the abundance of advertising pharmaceuticals.
Belief systems – We have not been exposed enough to the belief that sex can relieve pain and be healing, even though Marvin Gaye has been singing about it for 30 years. Our belief systems are formed by our experiences and what we are exposed to, and they can change in a moment.
The good news is the seed has now been planted. Consider the side effects of orgasm, the next time you have a headache.