Fortunately, the condition isn’t permanent because for many women, menopause brings an end to these headaches. Migraines are triggered by things like: Bright lights, foods or drinks, hunger, lack of sleep, stress or strong scents.
What Causes these Migraines?
A drop in estrogen is often the cause of migraines. That’s why women who get migraines often have headaches right before their period, when estrogen levels are low. During pregnancy, estrogen levels rise, which gives women a break. But they can start up again once the baby is born.
As you move from perimenopause to menopause, hormone levels can fluctuate, and your periods may get more irregular. If your migraines are tied to your menstrual cycle, they may become as unpredictable as your periods.
Some women get migraines for the first time, or their headaches get more intense, as they enter perimenopause. Women who had a hysterectomy often have more of a problem with migraines than those who go into menopause naturally.
Treating Menopause Migraines With Lifestyle Approaches:
- Keep a journal of what you eat and try to avoid foods that trigger your migraines. Some of these may include aged cheese, chocolate, or artificial sweeteners
- Eat meals at regular times to keep blood sugar balanced and insulin production even
- Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day
- Reduce stress using relaxation methods such as deep breathing, exercise, meditation or massage
Many women have also found relief using body identical HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). The body identical varieties are much safer than the old synthetic variety and are administered transdermally by patch or gel.
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Have you started getting migraines since entering perimenopause? Well, you’re not alone because female hormones and migraine headaches are linked. Hormonal changes leading up to menopause can sometimes make things worse before they get better. That’s one of the reasons why women are three times more likely to get migraines than men.