Not Tonight … I Have A Migraine!

September 3, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Not tonight....I have a migraine!

Not tonight....I have a migraine!

Here we have an interesting study which confirms what we already knew – women frequently use migraine as an excuse … just joking!

Seriously whilst ‘not tonight, I have a headache’ is a cliche´, the excuse to avoid sexual activity is frequently attributed to women.

After interviewing 60 women (30 migraine sufferers and 30 non headache sufferers) it was found that only 10% of migraineurs and 30% in the non headache group had used headache as an excuse whilst not having a headache. Twenty-nine of the 30 migraine sufferers reported that their partners always respected them on these occasions (now that is refreshing!).

Another and arguably more important finding in this study was that 67% in the migraine group said that their sexual relationship was affected adversely, with 24% indicating that they had interrupted sexual activity because of headache – it is still a significant problem!



(Carvalho JJF, Magalhaes AG, Morais LC, Menezes NS. How often women use headache as an excuse to avoid sex? Cephalalgia 2009;29(Suppl. 1):1–166)

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About dean
Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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