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What can help to prevent menopausal migraines?

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For some women, taking the same female hormones used to treat menopause symptoms like hot flashes can also help prevent migraine pain. But hormone replacement therapy (HRT) doesn't work for everyone. And some women find that the hormones make their headaches worse. Also, HRT has been linked to greater risks of heart disease and breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about whether it's right for you. If so, ask for the lowest possible dose of hormones needed to control your symptoms. You can get the hormones through a patch or gel that you rub on your skin.

From: Migraines and Menopause WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Migraine Foundation: "About Migraine."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hormone Headaches/Menstrual Migraines."

MedlinePlus: “Acetaminophen,” "Valporic Acid.”

MacGregor, E. , January 2009. Current Treatment Options in Neurology

Nappi, R. , June 2009. Menopause International

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Migraine Information Page."

The North American Menopause Society: "My-Oh-Migraine: Hormonal Headaches and Menopause."

The Migraine Trust: "Menopause, Midlife and Migraine."

University of California, Berkeley Health Services: "Migraine Triggers."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2018

SOURCES:

American Migraine Foundation: "About Migraine."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hormone Headaches/Menstrual Migraines."

MedlinePlus: “Acetaminophen,” "Valporic Acid.”

MacGregor, E. , January 2009. Current Treatment Options in Neurology

Nappi, R. , June 2009. Menopause International

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Migraine Information Page."

The North American Menopause Society: "My-Oh-Migraine: Hormonal Headaches and Menopause."

The Migraine Trust: "Menopause, Midlife and Migraine."

University of California, Berkeley Health Services: "Migraine Triggers."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2018

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