In case you needed another reason to hit the sack, new research from Durham University has demonstrated how an orgasm can effectively cure a migraine. Professor Amanda Ellison’s study found that due to the increase in serotonin in the brain during climax, orgasm could have a similar medicinal effect as medication. Releasing a wave of the happy chemical every time you cum, there’s now even more reason to whack the weasel when the midday migraine hits.
Publishing her findings in her book Splitting: The Inside Story on Headaches, Professor Ellison revealed how “Sex results in an injection of serotonin.” Going far beyond the tiny release of “happy chemicals” during a hug or cuddle session, migraine symptoms reportedly disappeared following a session of love. According to her case studies, people who suffer from frequent migraines showed lower levels of serotonin than others. These same people also crave sex 20 per cent more than those whose headaches were caused by simple tension.
“The case of two male episodic cluster headache sufferers, one who was 61, the other 47, was reported in Israel. At the point of orgasm with their respective partners, both men reported their headaches suddenly disappeared.”
It’s no wonder Matthew McConaughey was telling Leonardo DiCaprio to pump his numbers up. Jerking off at least twice a day, his character Mark Hanna in Wolf of Wall Street clearly didn’t suffer from migraines due to his consistent commitment to climaxing. Though we can’t speak for his obvious cocaine habit.
Other suitable remedies to the freight train running through your head include eating chocolate and drinking caffeine, though Prof Ellison reckons its best done after sex. Another migraine cure was love hormone oxytocin, adding: “Choose a hugger for a partner. They don’t call it neurochemistry for nothing.”