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Migraines And Menopause

One of the most frequently encountered triggers of migraine is changes in estrogen levels. As women progress through their child-bearing years, migraines often are more frequent.

Migraines often get worse or appear for the first time just before menopause when a woman experiences severe hormonal fluctuations. However, once she is completely menopausal, she's likely to see an improvement in her headaches — because the hormonal variations are no longer an issue. The majority of women — almost 7 out of 10 — find that their headaches decrease or cease after natural menopause.

Hormone therapy, now considered controversial in other medical areas, plays a double role in the management of menopausal migraine. In many cases, it can trigger migraine immediately or after long-term use. However, a continuous low-dose of estrogen may actually help relieve persisting or new migraine.

Last updated January 21, 2010




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