Eyespy: May 2013
Bringing you the quirkiest medical stories from around the world.
Headache? Have sex—Having a headache is no longer a reason to abstain from sex, a German research group suggests: sex can relieve pain in some patients. In their study (Cephalalgia 2013, doi:10.1177/0333102413476374), 800 patients with migraine and 200 patients with cluster headache were asked to complete a questionnaire on sexual activity during a headache attack. Of 402 responders (38% of people with migraine and 48% of those with cluster headache), around a third had been sexually active during an attack. About 60% of patients with migraine felt an improvement in pain after sexual activity, and 36.7% of those with cluster headache reported relief after sex. Some patients even used sex as a regular treatment for migraine, although proportions differed between the sexes—36.4% of male patients versus 13.7% of female patients.
Shaving causes warts—Removing pubic hair could increase susceptibility to certain sexually transmitted infections, speculates a letter in Sexually Transmitted Infections