Headache and sexual problems in women
The results show that over 90 percent of
women who need medical treatment for their headaches have important problems of sexual function of which 29 percent admitted to being anxious about their sex life.
"Women who suffer from severe headache, have a high rate of sexual and sexual anxiety symptoms," these symptoms include low sex drive and painful relationships, the researchers of the study.
Researchers at the University of Pavia, studied 100 women with a mean age of 40, who were being treated for headaches for years. Most had migraines, tension headaches some other chronic headaches (more than 15 days per month).
During the investigation interviewed the women, made them neurological tests and collected their medical records. The women also filled out questionnaires about their sex life.
This study found that 91 of the participants showed sexual problems beyond what can be considered the normal range.
20 percent of women met the criteria of a hypoactive sexual desire disorder, where the low level of persistent sexual desire caused them some personal discomfort. Another 17 percent reported low sexual desire, but not to feel anxious about it.
Although sexual function of women in general did not vary in different types of headaches, women with chronic headaches were more likely than the rest of feeling distressed with their sex lives.
Research has shown that any type of chronic pain affects the desire and arousal. In addition, people with headaches often have mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, which also affect sexual desire and satisfaction and also the medications taken to treat these headaches or mood disorders may interfere with sex.
Migraines can also cause conflict between partners, transforming your sex life in a depressing experience.
The researchers said their findings were limited because the study participants were highly selected sample. High rates of sexual problems that were found could be partly due to prolonged and severe headache history of presenting these women.
For these reasons, it is recommended that physicians who treat people with headaches, preguntasen potential patients about sexual problems, according to researchers.