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Menstrual Migraines


Migraine initiated by hormonal swings is a problem that is the blight of many women. Menstrual migraines strike with uncanny regularity leaving you completely out of “gas.”

This type of migraine can be a dividing force in many homes. Migraine headache causes can differ from sufferer to sufferer, but basically all follow one basic pattern.

Searing pain on one side of the head, visual and auditory sensitivity, and irritability that is unrivaled by your normal self. It truly can tear the individual and families apart. For now, just know that you are not alone.

Menstrual Migraine Triggers


Menstrual migraine is triggered by a reduction in the estrogen (a female sex hormone) level that occurs during the menses. Migraine headache causes can vary widely.

The fall in estrogen can stimulate blood vessels around the brain to contract and that can initiate the event.

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

An excruciating headache “on cue” when menstrual cycle is just about to begin is a significant indicator. Put that experience in a repetitive story line and there is little doubt as to what you’ve got.

Hormonal Headaches / Migraine


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.

Different Types of Hormonal Headaches


In fact, hormonal migraine is generally of two types: “Menstrual Migraine”, which occurs about 1-2 days before the onset and occasionally 1-2 days after the completion of the menses and “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 an 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.

Migraine Help


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are the drugs of high popularity against hormonal 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.

New Technologies & Menstrual Migraines


The assault of menstrual migraine is difficult to prevent for the woman who are susceptible. But take heart!

New technologies that are safer and as (or more) effective than the traditional chemical approaches are giving women around the world new hope from this legendary nightmare condition.



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

Menstrual Migraines