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Will I still get menstrual headaches after menopause?

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In the years before menopause, estrogen levels go on a rollercoaster ride. Many women see their headaches get worse during this time.

Once you stop having periods for good, your migraines will likely stop as well. If you’re on estrogen replacement therapy and your headaches get worse, your doctor may lower the dose, advise you to stop taking it, or change to a different type.

An estrogen patch is often the best option. It keeps your estrogen level steady, so a menstrual migraine is less likely to happen.

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: “Cut Back on Salt to Decrease Headaches,” “Menstrual Migraine.”

Mayo Clinic, “Chronic Daily Headaches,” "Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection?”

Harvard University: “Taming the Cycle: How Does the Pill Work?”

OBG Management : “The gynecologist’s role in managing menstrual migraine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Headaches Menstrual Migraines.”

The Migraine Trust: “Migraine and the contraceptive pill,” “Supplements and herbs.”

American Family Physician : “Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Migraine headaches in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

American Headache Society: “Menstrual Migraine.”

Drug Safety: “Migraine in pregnancy: What are the safest treatment options?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: “Cut Back on Salt to Decrease Headaches,” “Menstrual Migraine.”

Mayo Clinic, “Chronic Daily Headaches,” "Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection?”

Harvard University: “Taming the Cycle: How Does the Pill Work?”

OBG Management : “The gynecologist’s role in managing menstrual migraine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Headaches Menstrual Migraines.”

The Migraine Trust: “Migraine and the contraceptive pill,” “Supplements and herbs.”

American Family Physician : “Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Migraine headaches in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

American Headache Society: “Menstrual Migraine.”

Drug Safety: “Migraine in pregnancy: What are the safest treatment options?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

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