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Headache After Orgasm
Get checked: There is a type of headaches known as sex headaches, where sexual activity or orgasm can cause a severe headache. Sometimes this is nothing to worry about and can often be prevented with medications, but it is very important to get tested for abnormal blood vessels in the brain (such as aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations). ...Read more
Conventionally, orgasm is the culmination of sexual arousal (and may be repeated) and typically produces great pleasure through direct genital stimulation of the male penis and female clitoris. However, orgasm may also be achieved via the brain or as a reflex arc. The physical characteristics are an explosive peak & repeated neuromuscular action causing release of male ...Read more
I had a crippling, intense headache after orgasming to the point where I could not stand. It eventually went away, returned the next couple of times I orgasmed (diff. days each time) always lessening with each occurrence until it stopped happening?
See Below.: Its rare, but a headache associated with sexual activity (including at the time of orgasm) is described. The fact that it stopped happening is a bit re-assuring, but if it recurs, please do get evaluated immediately. If I saw you in clinic, I personally would have done a neurological exam and likely recommended an MRI or CT of the brain prior to attributing it to being an orgasmic headache. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thank you for your last response. Could my headache after multiple orgasms be a subarachnoid haemorrhage?
Unlikely hemorrhage: Subarachnoid hemorrhage is usually extremely painful (ie., "The worst headache in my life"). Headaches after orgasm are not unusual, and can be treated/prevented. See your PCM about this problem, a plain CT of the head would be a good test to start the work up, and if your symptoms persist, a Neurology consult would be advised. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My wife has begun having extremely painful headaches immediately after achieving orgasm. She is in her early 50s and never had this problem before. ?
I had a sudden onset of the worst headache i've ever experienced and it occurred during orgasm ... It was debilitating?
I experienced the worst headache with the fastest onset today during orgasm and hours later the headache is still there though less severe?
Bp averages 185 to 160 over 116 to 90. Just started meds. Had sudden excruciating headache twice pre-orgasm, pain lingering for days. Should i worry?
Hypertensive urgency: Yes, you should. Your blood pressure is not controlled and predisposes you to stroke. Furtjer elevation of blood pressure at time of orgasm can be a ticking time bomb. Coital headache is a known phenomenon, can be treated but the emergent blood pressure management has a priority now. ...Read more
Severe thunderclap headache each time b4 orgasm,have 2 stop sex. Hurts 2 much 2 move 4 first 20 min, then minor h/a for hours. H/a usually rare for me?
The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
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