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Hormonal Headaches

Most of us suffer from headaches at some point in our lives.  However sometimes these headaches can be so severe that we can’t seem to do anything but lie in darkness and suffer through the pain hoping that it will go away soon.  Even when the pain finally goes away we are left fearing the return and onset of another headache.  Headaches can last hours or even days. The triggers of headaches are numerous and many of the causes are related to one another.

Hormones and hormonal imbalances can be a headache trigger for many women.  Some women experience menstrual migraines during ovulation or prior to their menstrual cycle.  This is usually due to change in hormone levels during this time.  Therefore there is a direct correlation for many women between headaches and hormones.

High estrogen levels may improve headaches whereas low estrogen levels may cause headaches to be worse.  As we have previously discussed estrogen and progesterone levels begin to change before as well as during menopause and hormonal headaches can often be related to a disproportionate ratio of estrogen to progesterone.  Therefore hormonal headaches can become more erratic during perimenopause and menopause.

If you are experiencing more frequent or more severe headaches and you think this may be caused to a change in hormone levels, then the best way to determine if you might be having hormonal headaches is to begin tracking the occurrence of these headaches and to have a hormone analysis to determine your current hormone levels.   Every woman is different therefore you should speak with a hormone therapist about the occurrence of these headaches, your personal hormone levels, and what treatments may be options for you.