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What's the ultimate excuse for no sex?

A new research has found that not all headache sufferers avoid sexual activity; in fact migraine sufferers reported higher levels of sexual desire than those with other types of headaches.

tabloid Updated: Jun 10, 2006 16:01 IST

While in most cases a headache is the ultimate excuse for not having sex, a new research has found that not all headache sufferers avoid sexual activity; in fact migraine sufferers reported higher levels of sexual desire than those with other types of headaches, according to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues.


 


"Our study suggests that sexual desire and migraine headaches may be influenced by the same brain chemical," said Timothy Houle, Ph.D., lead author and research assistant professor of anesthesiology.


 


"The results support the idea that migraine, as a syndrome, is associated with other common phenomena. Understanding of this link will help us to better understand the nature of migraine and perhaps lead to improved treatment."


 


The research, involving 68 young adults from Chicago, will appear in an upcoming issue of Headache, published by the American Headache Society, and already is available on line.


 


The objective of the study was to examine the relationship between migraine headache and self-reported sexual desire. There is evidence of a complex relationship between sexual activity and headache.


 


Both sexual desire and migraine headache have been linked to levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that also plays a role in depression.


 


"Considering the circumstantial evidence linking both migraine and sexual desire to serotonin, we wanted to explore whether the two phenomena are actually related," said Houle.