Female hormones and migraine headaches are linked. That's one of the reasons why women are three times more likely to get migraines than men.
For many women, menopause brings a welcome end to these headaches. But the hormonal changes leading up to menopause can sometimes make things worse before they get better.
Still, no matter when in life you have migraines, the right treatment can help prevent the headaches or make the pain go away.
Progesterone creams. Some women use "natural"
progesterone creams to correct low progesterone levels. Research is mixed about
whether the cream is absorbed into the body.
Concerns about progesterone cream use
You can't actually know how much progesterone you are getting
without having a whole-blood progesterone test. Because of this and the
following concerns, some experts are concerned about use of over-the-counter
If it is absorbing well.
Progesterone treatment has risks. It has been linked to headaches and dangerous
blood clots in a small number of women. This is why
progesterone is usually a prescription hormone and is not safe for women with
certain health risks.2
If it is not absorbing well. If you are taking estrogen (and have an intact uterus), you also
need to have enough progesterone to prevent the estrogen from causing
uterine (endometrial) cancer. Using a poorly absorbed
progesterone cream while taking estrogen does not protect you from uterine
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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