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How can a diary help to prevent migraines during your period?

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A diary where you document your symptoms can help you learn more about your migraine. Watch for patterns. You'll start to notice whether your headaches are tied to your menstrual cycle and if they start before, during, or after your periods. If you know ahead of time when they’re likely to start, you can take steps to prevent them. Share your diary with your doctor. This symptom record will help you get the right diagnosis and treatment.

SOURCES:

American Headache Society: "Menstrual Migraine."

American Migraine Foundation: "Controversies in Headache Medicine: Migraine Prevention Diets."

Mayo Clinic: "Headaches and hormones: What's the connection?" "Migraine: Symptoms and causes."

NHS: "Hormone headaches."

Pain Physician : "Effects of intravenous and oral magnesium on reducing migraine: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."

The Journal of Headache and Pain : "Triptans in prevention of menstrual migraine: a systematic review with meta-analysis."

The Migraine Trust: "Exercise," "Keeping a migraine diary," "Menstrual Migraine," "Migraine: Symptoms and causes."

Womenshealth.gov: "Migraine fact sheet."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Headache Society: "Menstrual Migraine."

American Migraine Foundation: "Controversies in Headache Medicine: Migraine Prevention Diets."

Mayo Clinic: "Headaches and hormones: What's the connection?" "Migraine: Symptoms and causes."

NHS: "Hormone headaches."

Pain Physician : "Effects of intravenous and oral magnesium on reducing migraine: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."

The Journal of Headache and Pain : "Triptans in prevention of menstrual migraine: a systematic review with meta-analysis."

The Migraine Trust: "Exercise," "Keeping a migraine diary," "Menstrual Migraine," "Migraine: Symptoms and causes."

Womenshealth.gov: "Migraine fact sheet."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

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