Primary headache associated with sexual activity, previously known as orgasmic or pre-orgasmic headache, is a rare headache type brought on by or occurring only during or after sexual activity. People with new or never-evaluated headache associated with sexual activity should be carefully assessed by their doctor for an underlying cause and considered for imaging of their brain and the blood vessels in their head to exclude conditions like subarachnoid hemorrhage, arterial dissection and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. Primary headache associated with sexual activity is commonly described as bilateral on both sides of head and often located occipitally back of the head. Primary headache associated with sexual activity generally lasts from 1 minute to 24 hours with severe pain and up to 72 hours with mild pain.
Some people experience headaches after sex or orgasm. My boyfriend sometimes gets a sudden throbbing headache after sex and it can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. What causes this and is it a sign of something more serious? We all know that sex is great for our immune system and overall health. It can build intimacy with our partner, help lower blood pressure, relieve stress and tension, and improve our mood. But getting it on can also cause the onset of sudden throbbing or dull head and neck pain that can last for several minutes to several hours or days.
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Sex headaches are brought on by sexual activity — especially an orgasm. You may notice a dull ache in your head and neck that builds up as sexual excitement increases. Or, more commonly, you may experience a sudden, severe headache just before or during orgasm.