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How can estrogen pills, gel, or a patch help with menstrual migraines?

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A dip in your   happens before your period triggers menstrual migraine. You can prevent them by taking a steady dose of estrogen throughout your menstrual cycle. If you're already on a hormonal  , switch to a continuous dose. Take estrogen during the days when you'd normally skip pills or take inactive ones. If you have migraine with aura, talk to your doctor before you start taking estrogen -- it may raise your odds for a stroke and is not recommended. estrogen levelsbirth control pill

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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