Trust Hormone May Provide Migraine Relief

Relief for people who suffer from chronic migraine may be derived from the hormone oxytocin, according to information presented at the International Headache Congress during June in Boston.

In the study of 40 participants, those who received an intranasal dose of oxytocin reported significant pain relief from 2 to 4 hours later. Sixty-four percent who were treated with the hormone reported a substantial decrease in pain compared to 27% of those who received a placebo.  Continue Reading

Sexual Activity Brings Headache Relief to Some

Migraine made bigger than usual headlines recently after a study indicating that sex may be helpful in relieving migraine pain appeared in the journal Cephalalgia.

While some of the headlines were clearly meant to grab attention, the science behind the study and its findings may prove valuable for many migraineurs. While most individuals with migraine and cluster headache do not engage in sexual activity during a headache attack, the findings suggest that sexual activity, orgasm in particular, can provide partial or complete relief of headache pain in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients. Continue Reading

Not Tonight Dear, I Have a Headache

Sex can trigger headaches and headaches can prevent a healthy and satisfying sex life.

According to a 2008 NHF web survey, 69% of respondents have avoided sex because of a headache, while 47% reported they have experienced a headache triggered by sex. Some sufferers experience an explosive headache during sexual intercourse. This type of headache, coital or orgasmic cephalgia, is more common in men than in women and is usually more painful than dangerous. Continue Reading