Sex 'can help to cure headaches'

People may want to reach for condoms rather than painkillers the next time they suffer from a headache.

This is because new research reported in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, has shown that sex could be used as a treatment for migraines.

Investigators from the University of Munster in Germany said their findings suggest making love can be better than taking tablets when it comes to getting rid of a headache, with more than half of migraine sufferers experiencing an improvement in their symptoms after engaging in sexual activity.

It was demonstrated that one in five people looked at as part of the study felt no headache pain whatsoever after spending time between the sheets with their partner.

The authors noted: "Sexual activity during a migraine attack might relieve or even stop an attack in some cases and that sexual activity in the presence of headache is not an unusual behaviour."