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Sex better cure for headache than painkiller

world Updated: Mar 05, 2013 23:22 IST

Sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients, a study has suggested.

A majority of patients with migraine or cluster headache do not have sexual activity during headache attacks.

But the study from the University of Munster in Germany, suggested that instead of using headache as an excuse to refuse sex, making love can be more effective than taking painkillers, the Telegraph reported.

More than half of migraine sufferers, who had sex during an episode experienced an improvement in symptoms, the study found.

One in five patients left without any pain at all, while others, in particular male sufferers even used sexual activity as acute headache treatment, it added.

The neurologists behind the study suggested that sex triggered the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, through the central nervous system, which can in turn reduce, or even eliminate, a headache.