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Hormonal Migraine

How do you diagnose a hormonal migraine? If the condition wasn’t so debilitating, it would be easy to be sarcastic because the signs are so clear and obvious.

An excruciating headache every time ones menstrual cycle is just about to begin is a significant indicator. Put that unpleasant experience in a repetitive story line and there is little doubt as to what you’ve got.

Migraines and Hormones

Migraine initiated by hormonal swings is a problem that is the scourge of many women. It strikes with vicious regularity leaving the recipient fairly well spent.

Migraines and hormones is something of legend in many homes. Searing pain on one side of the head, visual and auditory sensitivity, and irritability that is unrivaled by your normal self? For now, just know that you are not alone.

Hormone induced migraine is triggered by a drop in the estrogen (the female sex hormone) level that occurs during the menses. Hence the name, “hormone migraine” or “menstrual migraine”.

The fall in estrogen can stimulate blood vessels around the brain to contract and this sets off the event.

How Does This Type Of Migraine Headache Differ?

The nature of hormonal migraine is like most migraines, accept for the revolving door regularity which can increase the frustration and anxiety.

A migraine is a specific disorder of which headache is a symptom. So it is actually much more significant than your normal stress or tension headache (unless you are a victim of constant or chronic headache).

Secondly, it differs from other migraine attacks in the sense that it is triggered primarily by a fall in the estrogen level. About 50-70% of adult women have these splitting headaches just before, during and occasionally just after their periods.

2 Types of Menstrual Migraines

In fact, hormonal migraine is generally of two types:

  1. Menstrual Migraine, which occurs about 1-2 days before the onset and occasionally 1-2 days after the completion of the menses.
  2. Premenstrual Migraine, which begins 3-7 days before the menses and stops after the flow begins.

Some women find relief with oral contraceptives, which manipulate the female hormone levels. But a significantly large number of women who try oral contraceptives have undesirable and adverse effects.

Thus, the effectiveness and wisdom of synthetic hormones (contraceptives) in this arena is questionable. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are the drugs of high popularity against these monthly migraines.

But they are only sweeping the issue "under the rug".   NSAIDs correct no hormonal imbalance, but rather only act as chemical numbing agents so you don't feel the head pain.

Again, these chemicals have side effects that can be cumulative, and many patients report a conditioning effect, that after time, the drug becomes less effective.

Technology & Hormonal Type Migraine

The onslaught of a hormonal migraine is difficult to prevent for the woman who is susceptible. But new technologies that you can learn about in Life Beyond Headaches that are safer and as (or more) effective than the traditional chemical approach, are giving women around the world new hope from this legendary nightmare condition. 

Learn the 3 Self-Help Tips when dealing with HORMONAL MIGRAINES
from Dr. Finnigan, the author of Life Beyond Headaches.

Hormonal Migraines