Menopause and Headache
The symptoms of a
menopause headache can be a shock to those who have
always heard that at this stage of life a decrease in
headaches occur. Actually, the truth is that in a
large percentage of women, menopause and headaches go
hand and hand and the menopause headaches sometimes may
not go away after menopause is over.
Many women know the harsh reality of migraine headaches.
You’re moving along with your day and doing just fine.
You’re keeping up on your schedule and handling the
stress, then suddenly, it hits. Pain and sensitivity to
light and sound are just a few of the symptoms that may
knock you off your feet. While some migraines may only
last a few hours, others can continue for days,
completely disrupting your life. If you’re getting
older, you may start to experience migraines for the
first time, or find they are increasing. Before you
start to panic that something is wrong, you should
consider that your migraines may actually be linked to
So why do women entering menopausal women experience
menopause headache? The most common cause of menopause
the fluctuating levels of hormones in the body. Many
women with migraines may notice that they occur at
certain times during the month. This is because their
migraines are related to their estrogen levels.
Menopause cause bigger changes and may result in more
frequent or severe migraines. Your doctor can probably
help you treat these migraines with lifestyle changes
and herbal remedies. Be wary of starting hormone
replacement therapy because this may actually worsen
Not all menopause headaches are caused by fluctuating hormones. A
fewer number of women have migraines triggered by being
emotional or stressed out. Once these women reach
menopause, they’ll probably find themselves more
emotional and more stressed out. The cure for these
migraines may be to simply relax; take a bath, meditate,
or use aromatherapy. Once you unwind, your migraine may
If you’re approaching the age of 50, and you begin to
get menopause headaches, you’re more likely to be entering
menopause rather than have a serious problem, but you
should still consult a doctor. A very few number of
migraines are caused by serious problems. The sooner
these problems are treated, the better of you’ll be.
Even if it’s not a serious problem, your doctor may
recommend treatment to prevent many of the diseases
associated with menopause, like osteoporosis and
If you have experienced migraines most of your life,
especially if they coincide with your menstrual cycle,
there is some good news for you. The stage where your
period starts changing and your migraines worsen is
actually called perimenopause; menopause doesn’t
officially start until a year after your last period.
Once you actually reach menopause, your symptoms are
likely to decrease. While doctors are not sure, this may
be related to menopause or may simply be because
migraine symptoms naturally decrease with time. An
interesting, but possibly painful statistic is that most
women who experience early menopause due to removal of
the ovaries, experience an increase in migraines. This
is one of the many reasons doctors prefer to allow
menopause to occur naturally if at all possible.
While migraines that coincide with menopausal symptoms
may be horrible, they are also likely to be treatable.
You should visit your doctor if you have the onset of or
changes in your migraine symptoms. They have several
options for helping you get back to your normal life.
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