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Does birth control contribute to my headaches?

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Some types of birth control pills can also play a role. Three weeks out of every month, they keep the hormones in your body steady. When you take placebo pills (or no pills at all) during the week of your period, your estrogen levels plummet and your head can pound.

If you’re prone to menstrual migraines, taking birth control that contains low amounts of estrogen or only progesterone may help.

Hormone replacement therapy, a type of medicine women take during menopause to control their hormones, can also set off menstrual migraines.

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: “Cut Back on Salt to Decrease Headaches,” “Menstrual Migraine.”

Mayo Clinic, “Chronic Daily Headaches,” "Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection?”

Harvard University: “Taming the Cycle: How Does the Pill Work?”

OBG Management : “The gynecologist’s role in managing menstrual migraine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Headaches Menstrual Migraines.”

The Migraine Trust: “Migraine and the contraceptive pill,” “Supplements and herbs.”

American Family Physician : “Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Migraine headaches in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

American Headache Society: “Menstrual Migraine.”

Drug Safety: “Migraine in pregnancy: What are the safest treatment options?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: “Cut Back on Salt to Decrease Headaches,” “Menstrual Migraine.”

Mayo Clinic, “Chronic Daily Headaches,” "Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection?”

Harvard University: “Taming the Cycle: How Does the Pill Work?”

OBG Management : “The gynecologist’s role in managing menstrual migraine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Headaches Menstrual Migraines.”

The Migraine Trust: “Migraine and the contraceptive pill,” “Supplements and herbs.”

American Family Physician : “Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Migraine headaches in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

American Headache Society: “Menstrual Migraine.”

Drug Safety: “Migraine in pregnancy: What are the safest treatment options?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

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