Migranes and tension headaches are associated with sexual pain and low desire, according to new research
Women who suffer from frequent headaches or migraines are more likely to suffer problems in the bedroom, according to a new study.
The research from the University of Pavia in Italy found 90 per cent of women seeking treatment for headaches had lower sex drives, and 29 per cent were distressed by the situation.
Researchers are now urging doctors to make the connection when seeing patients after findings suggest that headaches increase anxiety, while migranes were associated with sexual pain and low desire.
‘Women referred for severe head pain report a higher rate of sexual symptoms and sexual distress,’ says the study.
20 per cent of the 100 women surveyed met the criteria for having hypoactive sexual desire disorder characterised by persistently low sex drive that causes personal distress.
Although having a headache is commonly seen as an excuse for not wanting to have sex, little is known about how they can affect sexual performance.
The study, published in the journal of Sexual Medicine explains: ‘Further studies are needed to gain better insight into the determinants of this over representation of sexual dysfunction in women treated for primary headaches.’
More than 10 million people in the UK suffer from headaches, making them one of the most common health complaints.