Are Migraines Making Your Vagina Depressed?

Suffering from migraines even without any other complications is a terrible thing. The constant pain, nausea, and incredible sensitivity can be truly horrendous. Besides the more obvious  migraine symptoms, migraineurs also suffer in indirect ways.

What kind of indirect ways? Well, for one, consistent migraines can wreak havoc on your sex life. Nobody wants to get it on when their head feels like it might explode, or when the sound of a pin dropping is enough to bring tears.

Sex is a wonderful stress reliever and a great form of exercise.  Almost everyone likes having sex, so almost everyone who suffers from migraines will wind up frustrated with their libido, or lack of one. However, women may stand to suffer more than men when it comes to this problem, which is why today we will be talking about how migraines can make your vagina depressed and what you can do about it.

What Happens When You Don’t Have Sex

The unfortunate reality about sex for women is that it is, to some degree, a use-it-or-lose-it feature. Women who abstain from sex experience less pelvic blood flow, more vaginal dryness, and their vaginal walls start to thin. It should go without saying that none of this is healthy.

In addition to the purely physical symptoms, women who have less sex are also more prone to anxiety and depression. Not only that, but the lack of orgasms involved with abstinence can lead to lower levels of oxytocin, a chemical that makes us feel connected. Obviously, this is not ideal for your love life, but it may also impact your friendships and general social well-being.

How Does This Relate to Migraines?

Most of us don’t want to skip sex, but what does that have to do with migraines? Well, I don’t know about you, but not being able to sit up, brush my hair, take a shower, or open my eyes without agonizing pain is not my idea of “feeling sexy.” If you’re in the middle of a migraine attack, you’re probably going to be avoiding touch for the evening.

Missing sex now and then is probably not going to lead to a sad vagina, but as those of us who suffer from chronic migraines know, migraines aren’t big on dropping in just occasionally. Migraines can happen frequently, and the hangover can go on for days.  Recurring migraines can ruin your extracurricular fun.

What’s worse, sex can actually help relieve migraine symptoms, but getting excited when you see the first sign of a migraine is not exactly a realistic expectation.  If you’re missing sex because of a migraine, you’re missing out on a potential treatment for the pain; however, I don’t know a lot of people who can drop what they’re doing for some spontaneous love-making, especially when there’s the underlying apprehension of pain to come.

One final downside here (as if the above weren’t enough) is that a healthy sex life is related to healthy functions in our bodies, such as:

·         Better sleep

·         Better hormonal profiles

·         Reduced stress

Those look familiar, don’t they?  I’m always talking about them because they are major triggers, and missing out on regular sex means missing out on these helpful benefits.

How to Cheer Up Your Vagina

I’m sure by now you’re thinking, “I need to have more sex!” So, the real question is, how? Well, the first thing is to get creative but don’t overthink it.  When you feel good, make it a point to add a bit of romance to your day/night with your sweetie. Talk to your partner about it and ask for his/her help in committing to having more sex for your health.  I’m sure they won’t disagree. 

Focus hard on finding the cause of your migraines. Trying things like the elimination diet or monitoring your sleep may help you identify triggers and reduce the frequency of your attacks.

Also, prioritize sex as a topic of discussion.  Talk about it more with your partner, try new positions, visit adult-only stores or whatever else you feel will put you in the mood and get your blood pumping in a happy rhythm.  More sex can lead to fewer migraines, so starting this cycle now can end up being one of the best things you can do to reduce the attacks.

If you are suffering from severe and frequent migraines and you’re tired of your vagina being all sad and lonely, a knowledgeable migraine doctor can help you find your treatment path. Reach out and contact me, and together we can get you back to a healthy body and (hopefully) sex life.


Dr. Joel Brighten – Why Orgasms Are Good For Women + How to Improve Your Libido

Very Well Health – How Sex and Migraines Affect Each Other – 9 Ways Not Having Sex Messes With Your Health