Sex headaches or vice versa?

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Popular rumor has it that sex is one of the best means of Headache. However, as stated by the official medicine, not all so clear. According to studies carried out by the clinic head Pain and autonomic disorders of Academician Alexander Wein, namely sexual activity in any of its manifestations may cause head pain (GBSA). This pain is observed in 0.3% of cases among all patients with headaches (GB) and occurs usually in middle age from 25 to 40 years. It is also noted that men like headaches occur 4 times more often than women.

Predicting attack GBSA is almost impossible, because it can arise one or more times in his life, and then repeat will never appear again or over a certain period of time (some people this period of years). Among the related conditions, there are also a headache caused by physical exertion and cough, high blood pressure and excess body weight.

Depending on the time of 70% of the GB occurs just before or during orgasm. Typically, at this point there is very intense explosive spurting in nature and pulsating pain in the occipital and frontal areas of the head, lasting from several minutes to several hours. The most intense phase of the attack goes on for 10-15 minutes. In 25% of patients dull, oppressive pain in the neck of the head occurs at the beginning of intercourse, reaching its greatest intensity at the time of orgasm, and quickly passes the termination of coitus.

More rarely, there is a "postural" form GBSA characterized by a particular intensity when the patient is in an upright position, and most often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. In some patients, the alternation above-mentioned options.

In the vast majority of cases headache associated with sexual activity, is a benign disease, but sometimes it occurs as a consequence of certain organic processes in the patient's body, some of which pose a threat to life as well as on the background of congenital abnormalities. Secondary or symptomatic GBSA different suddenness of onset of the attack and its high intensity. Such an attack is prolonged, as a rule, almost daily, at which time the patient may experience disorientation, ringing in the ears, neck stiffness, weakness, sensory and visual disturbances.

Therefore, experts strongly recommend that all people, at least once in their lives have experienced headaches pain through sexual contact, go through neuroimaging (computed or magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and blood vessels of the brain), and physical examination to rule out organic disease or congenital abnormalities.

One and assumptions about what exactly is the cause of seizures Headache, caused by sexual activity among physicians do not exist. Currently, the most common is the view that the development of benign GBSA determined by changes in vascular tone, and in the different phases of intercourse is either spasm or dilation of blood vessels.

Another important factor is the increase in blood pressure. In this case, vascular changes are combined, usually with the tonic tension or spasm of the muscles of the head and neck. In the case of Benign GBSA experts advise for 2-3 weeks to refrain from vigorous physical load as well as take a more passive role in coitus. For one to two hours before the alleged sexual contact is desirable to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or beta-blockers, designated by your doctor.

If these measures do not give the desired results, and the patient still experiences head pain during coitus, it is usually given prophylactic treatment, including measures to normalize blood pressure and reduce body weight. In addition, for 1-2 months is recommended to take a daily beta-blockers, muscle relaxants in the presence of musculo-tonic syndrome, as well as anxiolytics and antidepressants in the case of anxiety and depressive disorders. Among the non-drug methods of influence used biofeedback, relaxation therapy and other psychotherapeutic techniques are of particular importance to rid the patient of sustained fear of coitus. Symptomatic nature of the GBSA treatment of the underlying disease leads to the disappearance of pain.

MD E.V.Ekusheva

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