How common are menstrual migraines?
It has been estimated that 70% of migraine sufferers are female. Of these female migraine sufferers, 60% to 70% report a menstrual relationship to their migraine attacks.
If your migraines, whether menstrual or menopausal related or not, are occurring several times a month or more, and you find yourself unable to function while reaching for pain medications more and more, you are a good candidate for migraine prevention, to stop migraines from occurring in the first place.
What is the relationship Between Hormones and Migraine Headaches?
There is a direct relationship between hormones and headaches. Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. These hormone levels fluctuate dramatically and are also associated with a large percentage of migraines in women.
Is it hormonal headache or a tension headache?
The difference between a migraine headache and a tension headache is that while a tension headache involves the muscles and fascia of the scalp and neck tightening and causing pain, a migraine involves a large chemical change that affects the entire body. Blood vessels in the brain become wider, serotonin is lowered, and nerves misfire – causing severe pain – along with a host of other symptoms like those mentioned above that usually do not occur in non-migraine headaches.
|Duration||Hours to days||4 to 72 hours|
|Location||Over the entire head||Often one-sided but not always|
|Intensity of Pain||Mild to moderate||Often Severe|
|Nature||Dull, pressing||Pounding, throbbing, increases with activity|
|Other Symptoms||Minimal to none||Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, odors|
What lifestyle changes can help?
Making a few minor changes in your lifestyle can make your migraines more bearable. Changes such as improving sleep habits, eating Anti-migraine diet, aerobic exercises and avoiding birth control pills.
Why Menstrual Migraine treatment is necessary?
A study recently published in a well-respected medical journal named Cephalalgia found that menstrual migraines lasted longer than non-menstrual migraines. On average, the menstrual migraine lasted 23.4 hours vs 16.1 hours for non-menstrual migraines.
It was also found that menstrual migraines cause more disability and inability to function in daily tasks than non-menstrual migraines.
Medications to treat the pain of migraines were 50% less effective when used to treat menstrual migraines. Furthermore, even when the pain medication did work, the risk of the menstrual migraine reoccurring was much more likely. Menstrual related migraine attacks are often more severe, last significantly longer, and are more resistant to treatment than the usual non-menstrual migraine attacks.
What Are the Treatment Options for Menstrual Migraines?
MigreLief is a natural alternative to treating migraine pain for life. It was formulated to address the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that many migraine sufferers have in common. For this reason we recommend taking it for 90 days (each bottle is a 1 month supply) even though many people have reported successfully controlling their migraines in under 1 month.
Studies Related to Menstrual Migraines
- Migraines and Menopause
- Prevent Menstrual Migraine While Avoiding Middle Age Weight Gain
- How Chronic Migraines do affects the sex lives of woman?