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What are some tips you can try at home to prevent menstrual migraines?

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A few other things you can try at home to prevent menstrual migraines:

  • Exercise every day. Moderate exercise, like a walk, bike ride, or swim, could help you have fewer migraine headaches and make them less intense. Be careful not to work out too hard, though. Sometimes strenuous exercise can trigger migraines.
  • Get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. A lack of rest can set off migraine attacks.
  • Relax. Stress leads to migraine for many people. Try techniques like deep breathing, yoga, and meditation to take the pressure off.
  • Watch what you eat. Avoid foods that are known to trigger headaches. Some foods that are common migraine triggers include:: chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, processed meat, and cheeses.
  • Graze throughout the day. Hunger can give you headaches. Eat several small meals and snacks instead of three big ones.

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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