Can Porn Cause Headaches?

I recently found an article about a man who gets severe headaches from watching porn. Now, some people get headaches post-orgasm, whether porn was involved or not, so I was intrigued. The man in question is 24 years old, and typically when he has been watching pornography for 8-10 minutes he gets a headache so severe, he needs to stop watching.

In this man’s case, it is speculated that his headaches are, “caused by changes in the pain-sensing nerves in the face and jaw, along with increased pain sensitivity due to ‘a heightened emotional state associated with viewing pornography.’” The article also states that there is still much that is unknown about headaches that occur with sex. The cure for the man in the article? His doctors suggested a combination of acetaminophen (common brand name Tylenol) and ibuprofen (common brand name Advil) a little before he views his movies.

So, while porn can be perfectly healthy for many people, for some it can cause issues. When in doubt, check with your doctor. If it occurs regularly, you can also start to keep track of what other activities may occur around the same time (are you perhaps dehydrated? Clenching certain muscles?) Has porn ever caused health issues for you?

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.

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    I’m suspicious about this. If this really were a physiological response he would experience it at other times too, not just when aroused viewing porn. Numerous things would trigger a similar emotional state, such as watching standard movies with erotic themes or reading an erotic moment in a novel. Does he get a headache when he meets a gorgeous girl, or when he wakes up with morning glory? I think this is most likely triggered by something else, perhaps the screen he is watching it on (PC or even a phone rather than TV?) or there is some form of psychological trigger. I don’t think they have enough information to state that it’s porn, and the reason for them stating that so easily is very dubious.