It is almost cliché to say “I have a headache” when you aren’t quite in the mood for sex but after you read this study’s results, you’ll need to find another excuse. Researchers at the University of Munster have found that sex is a better solution to cure migraine than painkillers.
The German researchers studied data compiled on 800 patients who had random migraines and 200 others who suffered cluster headaches and had been treated for a period of two years. The participants were asked to report on the experience of sexual activity and its impact.
More than half of the participants who had intercourse during a migraine found the symptoms to be at least partially reduced while one in five reported being completely cured. Cluster headache sufferers also found relief, but at a lower rate - about 37%. The study did find that men benefitted from sexual activity during headaches more than women.
According to the scientists, who published the results in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, sex gives relief from headaches due to the activation of endorphins that function as neurotransmitters by blocking the sensation of pain.
So now that the headache excuse is off the table, if you aren’t feeling “in the mood” as often as you’d like, Prevention Magazine offers some tips on how to get your sexy back.
1. Exercise: In a study of women ages 45 to 55, sexual satisfaction correlated directly to fitness – the less exercise they got, the lower their desire and sexual satisfaction.
2. Get a massage: Skin-on-skin contact stimulates the sex hormone oxytocin, says Ian Kerner PhD, author of “She Comes First.”
3. Read a sexy novel: Erotic literature can jump-start your sex drive.
4. Meditate: Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Hadassah University Hospital found that women were more aroused after mindfulness meditation courses.
5. Check your diet: Not getting all of your vitamins and minerals from food? Remember to take a multivitamin supplement every day. A diet deficiency, particularly that of folate and iron, can lead to lower energy for sex.
6. Aromatherapy: Cucumber, licorice, baby powder, pumpkin pie, and lavendar are just some of the smells that can act on the body to get you in the mood.
7. Check with your doctor: Make sure a health condition isn’t lowering your sex drive. He or she should also evaluate the medications you are taking to see if any have the side effect of lower arousal.
8. Stop Multi-tasking: Focus on your partner instead of the million and one things you think you have to do.
9. Just do it: Studies show that many who report a lack of interest in sex respond just fine once they are in the midst. “Don’t wait for fireworks,” says marital therapist Michele Weiner-Davis, “Work with the embers.”
Journal Reference: Cephalalgia, An International Journal of Headache