How to Manage Chronic Migraines and Still Enjoy a Vibrant Sex LifeNearly a quarter of the 39 million migraine-sufferers in the country reported that the chronic condition had negatively impacted their sex life.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

“Not tonight, I have a headache,” is one of the oldest turndowns in the book and for one-quarter of the 39 million Americans who suffer from chronic migraines, the condition is taking a toll on their sex life.

And yet, a study in the journal Headache from 2006 found that chronic migraine sufferers actually report higher levels of sexual desire than the rest of the population. Furthermore, studies have suggested that sex can be even more powerful than pharmaceuticals for relieving headache pain.

With that in mind, here are three ways to keep migraines from ruining sex.

  1. Try morning sex. A long stressful day can induce a migraine around bedtime, but waking up rested and clear-headed is a good chance for headache-free sex.
  2. Monitor your cycle and make plans. Women are more likely to experience migraines, but with a little self-research (“How soon before or after my last period was that migraine?”) sex can be planned around likely migraine-times.
  3. Cut out the wine at dinner. Alcohol is a known trigger for migraines.