Your body is throbbing with desire, but your head is just plain throbbing. About one in 100 people suffer from headaches during or after sex, according to the American Headache Society. And guys are more likely to feel the pain than women.
Some headaches gradually build as the action heats up, while others strike just before or during orgasm. One potential reason: When you have sex, you release adrenaline, which increases your blood pressure and can trigger headaches.
What to do: Book a visit to your doc, especially if your sex headaches are sudden, severe, or persistent. Though most cases aren’t cause for concern, some can signal serious medical issues like strokes or aneurysms, says Mohit Khera, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., a urology professor at Baylor College of Medicine and the coauthor of Re-Coupling: A Couple’s 4-Step Guide to Greater Intimacy.
Provided you have a clean bill of health, taking a dose of Tylenol about an hour before sex can help prevent pain, Dr. Khera says.