It is frightening to be in the middle of a wonderful sexual experience, reach the point of orgasm, and then experience a blinding headache at the moment of release. It is rare but it can signal the presence of a neurological problem.
If you suffer from headaches at the moment of orgasmic release, it is necessary to discuss it with your doctor and let them evaluate you for risks. You need to get a CT scan to assess this to rule out tumors and vascular abnormality. This conversation might just save your life or at the very least the quality of life you want to have.
Both sexes can develop sexual activity Headaches but some studies indicate a ratio of 3×1 male over female. They are more likely to occur in people who have migraine headaches, tension headaches, or exertional headaches. Alcohol use and medications used to reduce erectile dysfunction may cause headaches but these are not classified as HSA headaches.
The overwhelming majority of individuals reporting these types of headaches (HSA) also report that they tend to disappear after a few weeks and they don’t get them again. Most of them end when the sexual activities end but some last as long a day. Obviously, these are more demanding of and assessment treatment.
There are treatments that can diminish or block these headaches with minimal or no side-effects, You do not have to swear off of sex because you are afraid of the pain or the potential for a stroke. The meds that are commonly used to treat HSAs are beta -blockers and NSAIDS (Motrin and other non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) However, some drugs increase the risk of HASs, these drugs include; marijuana, birth control pills, Amiodarone, and pseudoephedrine. If you stop taking those drugs, you will stop having the HSAs.
If you would classify the HAS as the worst headache of your life, you should immediately go to the ER to be checked for the risk of stroke.
Do not fail to report HSAs and seek advice. HSAs are nothing to be ashamed of and usually there is nothing to be afraid of, but why take a chance?
Listen to the podcast above to learn more about HSAs.