Sexual Health Q&A

How can sex headaches be prevented?

Some doctors prescribe medications to prevent sex headaches.

Patients who have frequent, lengthy sex headaches might take a beta blocker like propranolol every day. Beta blockers are sometimes used to treat high blood pressure, glaucoma, and migraines as well.

Alternatively, patients might take a medication an hour before sex. The anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin is sometimes prescribed for this purpose. Some people take a triptan, a type of anti-migraine drug, instead of indomethacin.

Some other strategies for handling sex headaches include:

• Stopping sexual activity when the headache begins.
• Taking a more passive role in sexual activity.
• Massaging head and neck muscles to relieve tension before sex.