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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Menstrual Migraines and Hormonal Headaches: Worsened or Fixed By Hormones?

There is a formal definition of menstrual migraines called medically "menstrually related migraines". the International Headache Society. the define menstrual migraines as a migraine that occurs on day one of the period with symptoms 2 days before or after the state. And thus it's a headache that occurs within a 5 day window. There are other criteria they use to define severity and more defined types that have various sorts of aura if you want to browse their site. Some think this is a particularly severe form of migraine, not responsive to the typical medications, and one that actually lasts longer than typical migraines. Patients with other menstrual symptoms can be extra miserable just because they have cramps and migraines, or breast pain and migraines. Menstrual headaches are not identical to hormonal headaches, which is the term applied to headaches that occur with hormone use. For instance, if a woman takes birth control pills, and now has more tension headaches, or new onset migraines, or worsening of preexisting menstrual migraines, those are known as hormonal headaches. And these headaches are different than hormonal withdrawal headaches which occur in women who are on oral contraceptives and have pill free days. Knowing that waxing and waning of hormonal levels can trigger headaches, it is possible that the right pill could actually decrease presence of headaches. Menopausal hormone therapy can be adjusted to control hormonal therapy. This is a particularly good topic to discuss with your gyno as it is possible to customize your therapy.

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