Hormones and Migraine

If you are a woman and you are suffering from headaches before menstruation, such a headache is called premenstrual migraine.

Headaches in women are often associated with a change in the level of the female hormone estrogen during the menstrual cycle. The level of estrogen falls before the onset of menstruation and this provokes migraine attacks.

Such pains often stop during pregnancy. Or vice versa, headaches can intensify in the first three months of pregnancy and go away completely after the third.

Admission of birth control pills or medical hormonal treatment during menopause can also provoke migraine attacks. Already in 1966, scientists determined that migraine most often occurs in women taking oral contraceptives, especially with a high level of estrogen. Tablets with lower doses of estrogen and progesterone cause fewer side effects. Reception of contraceptives is not recommended for women with migraine attacks with aura.

In order to cope with premenstrual migraine,you can use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. Doctors often recommend starting treatment one to two days before menstruation and continue treatment until the end of the menstrual period.

It is also recommended to refuse during this period from salty foods.

How to relieve migraine attacks?

  • It is possible to relieve migraine attacks not only with medicinal preparations:
  • Do not keep emotions in yourself, try to avoid acute stressful situations. Apply breathing practices in order to reduce emotional stress.
  • Try to remove physical stress: normalize sleep and nutrition. If you have to sit for a long time during the working day, do not forget to stand up periodically and do a warm-up.
  • Watch your face muscles: often without noticing it, people very much strain their face if they are engaged in serious work. Watch also for the tension in the shoulders and neck.
  • Select at least about 30 minutes a day for easy warm-up and exercise.
  • Refuse from smoking and alcohol abuse.
  • Identify a list of things that trigger migraine attacks.

If migraine attacks happen to you more than twice a month, if the headache lasts longer than 24 hours, if the medication does not help you with the already begun migraine attack, the doctor can prescribe medications for you as preventive measures.

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