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What's the link between migraines and menopause?

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A drop in the female hormone, estrogen, can set off migraines. That's why some women get headaches right before their period, when estrogen levels are low. As menopause nears, hormone levels rise and fall, and your periods may get more irregular. If migraines are tied to your menstrual cycle, they may become random, too. Some women get migraines for the first time, or they get more intense, in the years just before menopause. Others say migraines become less frequent and less intense. Women who've had their uterus and ovaries removed may have more of a problem with migraines than those who enter menopause naturally.

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 Christopher Melinosky on January 8, 2020

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 Christopher Melinosky on January 8, 2020

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