It is no good using a headache as an excuse not to have sex - on the contrary the act of making love can help relieve headaches and can be more effective than taking painkillers, a study from the University of Munster, Germany, found.
A study among migraine victims found that more than 50% of them who had sex during an episode said they found improvement in their symptoms.
The release of endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers, during sex can help reduce and completely cure a headache, the study found.
"The majority of patients with migraine or cluster headache do not have sexual activity during headache attacks. Our data suggest, however, that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients. Our results show that sexual activity during a migraine attack might relieve or even stop an attack in some cases, and that sexual activity in the presence of headache is not an unusual behavior. Sex can abort migraine and cluster headache attacks, and sexual activity is used by some patients as acute headache treatment," researchers concluded.