Saturday, February 07, 2009

Can Sex & Migraines Coexist?


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How do you have a fulfilling sex life with an intimate partner when your life is dominated by pain, nausea and other debilitating symptoms commonly experienced by migraineurs?

As part of Oprah's Best Life series, Dr. Laura Berman recently appeared on the show to talk about how to have a better sex life in the new year. Berman is a sex therapist and an expert on women's sexual health.

One of her recommendations was that couples make sex a priority by setting aside time for it at least once a week. I've always thought the idea of scheduling sex sounded completely unromantic and kind of sad, but after discussing the idea with some close girlfriends I've come around to thinking it's a worthwhile idea.

When migraines rule your life, you don't get to have sex as often as you'd like. It takes a difficult toll on any relationship. I don't know about you, but I find that the less often we have sex, the less inclined I am to want to do it even when I'm feeling well enough. So the idea of having a time set aside to do it if I'm feeling well enough sounds like a great strategy to me.

What other strategies help you and your significant other maintain an active sex life despite the burden of migraine disease or other chronic illnesses in your life?

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