Woman has painful brain bleed after having sex – and it could be more common than you’ think

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A 61-year-old woman went to the hospital with a brain bleed after having sex, and now doctors are warning people that it could be much more common than you think

Doctors in the US warned people to beware of a unique sex problem after one woman was rushed to hospital with vision loss caused by her time in the bedroom.

The condition, known as coital cephalgia, causes some people to experience severe headaches just after having sex. While painful, the headaches are usually harmless, but doctors are using the case of a 61-year-old woman who suffered a huge brain bleed immediately after intercourse to show how it can be much more serious.

In a case report compiled by a group of doctors from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in the US, they describe how the woman visited the hospital with a debilitating headache, which developed during sex, and also, alarmingly, vision loss. They initially put the symptoms down to a classic case of coital cephalgia – or sex headaches.

The cause of this unique problem is not fully known, although thought to be linked to a rise in blood pressure during intercourse, leading to a dilation of blood vessels that, in turn, causes intense muscle tightness in the head, neck, and shoulders, and a resulting headache.

But in some rarer cases, doctors speculate that this high pressure in the blood vessels can cause them to burst in those with an unhealthy blood flow, leading to a bleed on the brain. In the case of the patient, doctors did a CT scan to discover that this is what had happened.

A large amount of blood had gathered around the woman’s occipital lobe, which is responsible for sight, therefore impacting her vision. She was diagnosed with a haemorrhagic stroke – or brain bleed.

Dr Hafez Mohammad Ammar Abdullah, internal medicine specialist at the South Dakota hospital, noted in the case report that this kind of brain bleed can happen to people with pre-weakened blood vessels, more susceptible to rupture, from conditions like heart disease or high blood pressure.

In fact, he even suggested that this is far more common than you might think, and that up to one in every 12 patients who attends hospital with a brain bleed was having intercourse when the pain first set in.

Amazingly, the woman survived without having to undergo any serious treatment, but the doctors responsible for her care have urged people to stay vigilant and check for underlying health conditions if they experience sex headaches.

While sex headaches can occur in anyone of any age, more serious forms of the condition are more likely to affect older people as circulation worsens with age. In order to be diagnosed with the condition, you need to have experienced severe headaches after sex at least twice that lasted over 24 hours.

Unfortunately, the medical professionals who authored the report concluded that the only real cure for the condition is abstinence.

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