Migraines, Headaches, and Hormones
What Are the Treatment Options for Menopausal Migraines?
For people who need to continue post-menopausal estrogen
supplements, the lowest dose of these agents should be used, on an
uninterrupted basis. Instead of seven days off the drug, you should take it on
a daily basis. By maintaining a steady dose of estrogen, the headaches may be
prevented. An estrogen patch (such as Estraderm) may also be effective in
stabilizing the levels of estrogen.
What Are the Treatment Options for Migraines During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, no treatment is recommended to treat
migraines. Medication therapy used to treat migraines can affect the uterus and
can cross the placenta and affect the baby, so these drugs should be strictly
avoided during pregnancy.
A mild pain reliever can be used, such as Tylenol. It is
important that pregnant women suffering from headaches discuss the safety of
headache medications with their obstetricians and headache specialists before