Q. I started suffering from horrible headaches at climax about seven or eight years ago. I told my doctor, but he had never heard of the problem. He ran some tests that came up negative and prescribed a migraine medication that didn’t work.
The only sure way to avoid the headaches was never to allow myself to reach that level of arousal. I would experiment occasionally to see if the problem persisted.
Then a molar that had bothered me off and on suddenly became excruciatingly painful. I went to the dentist and ended up having the tooth pulled.
After I recovered, I did another check. To my husband’s surprise and mine, I was headache free! I was so happy I cried. After all these years, and all the pain and self-denial, the headaches were gone.
Please urge your readers to see a dentist as well as a doctor who can check for the cause of a sex headache.
A. Thanks for the suggestion. Dental problems are hardly ever listed as a potential cause of sex headaches.
Everyone who suffers a headache associated with sexual activity should see the doctor, as you did. Most coital headaches are annoying rather than dangerous. Occasionally, though, they may be a symptom of a serious problem that could signal a risk of stroke.