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Sex vs. Headaches: Why Orgasms Are Better Than Drugs

Sex vs. Headaches: Why Orgasms Are Better Than Drugs

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Published by Jed Diamond, Ph.D.
I’ve been writing a series of articles about “Why We Have Sex,” a topic that most people find interesting and engaging. As a psychotherapist I have long noticed that sex can relieve pain, both physical and psychological. Now there are credible research studies offering surprising insights about the hidden benefits of sex. If you have a sex partner who needs a little bit of encouragement, you may want to let them know about these findings.
I’ve been writing a series of articles about “Why We Have Sex,” a topic that most people find interesting and engaging. As a psychotherapist I have long noticed that sex can relieve pain, both physical and psychological. Now there are credible research studies offering surprising insights about the hidden benefits of sex. If you have a sex partner who needs a little bit of encouragement, you may want to let them know about these findings.

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Sex vs. Headaches: Why Orgasms Are Better Than Drugs
By Jed Diamond, Ph.D.Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a marriage and family counselor for the last 44years. He is the author of 8 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Male Menopause,
and
The Irritable Male Syndrome.
He offerscounseling to men, women, and couples in his office in California or by phonewith people throughout the U.S. and around the world. To contact Dr. Diamond,send an e-mail toJed@MenAlive.comor visit him atwww.MenAlive.com I’ve been writing a series of articles about “Why We Have Sex,” a topic thatmost people find interesting and engaging. As a psychotherapist I have longnoticed that sex can relieve pain, both physical and psychological. Now thereare credible research studies offering surprising insights about the hiddenbenefits of sex. If you have a sex partner who needs a little bit of encouragement, you may want to let them know about these findings.Is Sex a Better Pain Reliever Than Ibuprofen?We’ve all heard or said something like “Not tonight dear, I have a headache.And it’s true that sex can cause blood to expand in the vessels in our heads andcause headaches. But it is also true that sex can relieve pain and many womenare using this method instead of dangerous drugs.In their book,
Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D. and David M.Buss, they report that “some women have sex with the goal of getting rid of aheadache. 
I suffer from migraine headaches and although the attacks are few and far between and are generally mind, I find that when I have sex during my headaches, especially when I have a great over the top climax, it goes away before I know it.
 –Heterosexual woman, age 41.When your partner has a headache it might be good to remind them that sexmight help. If your partner doesn’t trust your medical knowledge you mightremind them that even doctors recommend it. 
My neurologist recommended reaching orgasm as a way to deal with the painof migraines. I have tried this and sometimes it does work. Often taking migraine meds and darvacet I will reach a relaxed state I call the “fuck mestage.” The pain may be still handing on in the back of my head but having sex and a nice orgasm will end the pain. I would rather do this with a partner, but I have used a vibrator to reach orgasm in an attempt to keep migraines fromrebounding. Using orgasm to end the migraine keeps the rebounds at bay.
--Heterosexual woman, age 43.
 
So, how can sex serve as both a headache catalyst and cure? According toMeston and Buss, during sexual activity something therapeutic happens. “Whenthe body releases its oxytocin surge, the high level of the hormone triggers therelease of endorphins, the brain chemicals that bear a remarkably closeresemblance to morphine.Many of us have experienced the “runners high” when we exercise due to therelease of our brain’s endorphins. Who knew that we could get serious painrelief from having an orgasm?Women take note. The release of endorphins during sexual activity canrelieve headaches—and quite effectively for many women, according to a studyconducted at the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University. In the study of fifty-eight women migraine sufferers who had engaged in sex during a headache,almost half reported at least some headache relief through orgasm. Only threewomen found that having an orgasm made their migraine worse. “Better yet,” the study notes, “orgasms provide relief within minutes and arefree!.”And that’s not all. Orgasms can relieve pain of all kinds. The pharmaceuticalcompanies aren’t likely to tell you about that.Some headache researchers believe that there is a “headache generator” in aspecific area of the brain and that orgasms might somehow “switch off” thisgenerator. This would explain why the headache relief after orgasms is usuallypermanent, as opposed to lasting only a few hours, as might be the case if endorphin release was the sole cause.Researcher Beverly Whipple of Rutgers University found that stimulation of the G-spot, the nickel-sized area on the inside front wall of the vagina, raisedpain thresholds by an astonishing 40 percent. And during orgasm itself, womenwere able to tolerate an amazing 75 percent more pain.It is not surprising, then, that sexual activity has been reported not only torelieve headache pain but to provide at least temporary relief for all sorts of aches and pains from arthritis to whiplash to back pain.So my friends, when you’re hurting and you need real relief, you may want toreach for the G-spot instead of the pill bottle. It’s more effective, less expensive,and a whole lot more fun. Better yet. Take two and call me in the morning.To contact Dr. Diamond, send an e-mail toJed@MenAlive.comor visit him atwww.MenAlive.com

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