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    Sex and Migraines

    Know Your Triggers

    You can also manage your migraines -- and re-ignite romance -- by avoiding your things that bring your headaches on.

    Common triggers include:

    • Red wine
    • Chocolate
    • Strong smells like perfume and scented candles
    • Bright light
    • Changes in weather

    Since some of these are staples of a romantic evening, you may need to rethink how you get in the mood. Skip the red wine or other booze right before sex, Monteith says. You might also keep music low, and ask your partner not to wear cologne or perfume.

    Talk It Out

    Communication is at the heart of sex, Monteith says. It's important to let your partner know how headaches affect every part of your life, including love-making.

    You could take your spouse with you to doctor's appointments, or you could consider getting couples counseling.

    "Sometimes it is valuable to get counseling because of the impact [migraines can have] on the relationship," Cohen says.

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    Reviewed on December 28, 2015

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