There are two types of sex headaches. The most common variety:

  • Gives no warning and occurs within a few seconds of an orgasm
  • Is often described as throbbing or stabbing

The other variety of sex headache:

  • Often begins as a dull ache on both sides of the head
  • May cause tightening of the neck and jaw muscles
  • Builds gradually over a matter of minutes before an orgasm
  • Intensifies as sexual excitement increases

Most sex headaches last at least several minutes. Others may linger for a few hours. Many people who have sex headaches will experience them in clusters over a few months and then go for a year or more without having any sex headaches.

When to see a doctor

Sex headaches aren't usually a cause for concern. But consult your doctor right away if you experience a headache during sexual activity — especially if it begins abruptly or it's your first headache of this type.

Apr. 24, 2012