Having a good sex life and a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone. To achieve this, you need to stick to a certain diet and lifestyle changes, along with balancing stress and emotions. Often tensions and other factors like hormonal imbalance could lead to severe headaches or immense migraines. This will make you all the more frustrated, and you might vent it out on your loved ones, especially your partner. Such scenarios can leave a negative impact on your sex life and also your sexual health.

Women often have a straight connection between their hormones and headaches. During their pink days known as menstrual periods, the female hormones estrogen and progesterone fluctuate, which can trigger migraine-like symptoms. Whereas, such fluctuation during pregnancy can help reduce migraine issues. But generally, many women do not face migraines once they reach menopause.

For men, the relation isn't quite clear, as mentioned for women. Few shreds of evidence reveal that lower Testosterone levels in men could trigger migraines. There is no valid proof to claim that a balanced T level would help mitigate headaches and migraines.

Testosterone, the man power

Hormones play a vital role in the body system. It helps in your growth, in processing food to generate energy and to have sexual maturity. One such important hormone for men is testosterone, which is the key to a healthy male reproductive system and manly features. It does not just help in exhibiting male characteristics like deep voice, Adam's apple, muscles, and facial hair, but it also helps in sperm production and in maintaining your libido. Women also produce small amounts of testosterone, and it helps in their sex drive. T levels generally decline as the age inclines, both in men and women.

As mentioned, there is not much valid proof to show that both are interlinked. But certain pieces of evidence have shown that testosterone replacement therapy has helped in reducing headaches. The Maturitas Journal published a recent study that examined the effect of T levels on migraine headaches on pre and post-menopausal women. The results were indeed, fascinating. Implantation of tiny pellets containing the testosterone hormones helped them relieve their migraines. Although more valid researches need to be done and evidence needs to be filed to ensure that such procedures do not have any impact and are completely safe. It is possible that T levels can help blood flow, reduce swellings in the brain, increases serotonin levels and helps in inhibiting Cortical spreading depression (CSD).

Are there any risks?

Which treatment does not have side effects? Since testosterone therapy does not have proper evidence and proof that it can help mitigate migraines, it is often not recommended as a mode of treatment

Possible side effects for men include:

  • Breast enlargement
  • Blood clot in veins
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Low sperm production
  • Oily and acne-prone skin
  • Shrinking of testicles

Also, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mentioned that testosterone therapy could pave the way to an increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke or even death.

What can you do?

Before deciding yourself what kind of treatment you want to go ahead with, always consult the doctor. Know your capabilities and risks you might be vulnerable to. Often doctors would prescribe other ways of treatment rather than testosterone therapy, like:

  • Triptans - medications used for severe migraines and headaches
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Yoga, meditation and spa massages

The solutions described above could relieve you from migraine issues. Based on your symptoms and health conditions, your doctor will recommend the treatment. All you must do is never to panic and to take the right decision based on your doctor's suggestion.

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP

How a low testosterone level is connected with headaches