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New Study Claims Sex Cures Headaches: No More ‘Not Tonight, I Have A Headache’ Excuse

No more 'headache' excuse. New research shows that sex can cure headache and migraine symptoms.

Well, folks, the time has come for old excuses to stop. According to a new study, sex can cure headaches. Say goodbye to the old adage, “Not tonight, Honey. I’ve got a headache.” That excuse was getting a little old, anyway.

Researchers have found that having sex during a headache can be just as effective as using painkillers — and much better for the body as well. Not to mention more fun. The study showed that more than half of migraine sufferers had fewer symptoms during sex, and that 20 percent had their pain go away completely.

Sex releases endorphins, “pleasure chemicals” produces by the brain. These chemicals, in turn, act as a natural pain killer that can lessen the effects of a headache.

Researchers for the project noted, “Our results show that sexual activity during a migraine attack might relieve or even stop an attack in some cases, and that sexual activity in the presence of headache is not an unusual behavior.”

“Sex can abort migraine and cluster headache attacks, and sexual activity is used by some patients as acute headache treatment.”

The study was conducted at Germany’s University of Munster, where researchers collected data from 400 patients that had either cluster migraines or chronic headaches over a two-year span.

Researchers found that around 33 percent of participants had sex during headaches, and from that group 60 percent of migraine sufferers and 36 percent of cluster headache sufferers had lessened pain and symptoms.

Researchers said, “In total, 42.7 per cent of all migraine patients experienced at least 50 per cent relief, a response rate as high as in studies on acute medication.”

Do you think that doctors should prescribe sex before painkillers for patients with headaches?

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