Menopause and Migraines

Menopause and Migraines
Menopause and Migraines

Menopause and Migraines - If there is such a thing as menstrual migraine, there is also such a thing as migraine caused by perimenopause. Women are subjected to so much “torture” each month when their “period” is about to come, when they already have it and sometimes, even after their menstruation.

In the case of women, migraine headaches are usually related to female hormones. When there are higher levels of hormones, then migraine headaches may be experienced. It is often believed that more women experience migraine than men.

Migraine headache is more severe than an ordinary headache. A recurrent throbbing or pulsating sensation that is usually experienced in one side of the head (but may also be experienced in both sides), may cause a nauseating feeling. Attacks may last for 2 hours to 3 days.  It is best to determine what causes migraine attacks so these triggers may be avoided. Certain attacks may make your hands and feet sweat and make you feel very weak.

Should you experience migraine headaches, it is best to rest with closed eyes. You may feel debilitating pain when exposed to bright lights. Sleeping for an hour or more is even better.

Like menstruation, menopause is part of womanhood. The difference though is that menopause comes with age. The woman’s ovaries produce lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. In fact, the uterus shrinks during menopause. On the average, menopause comes at age 52. There are those however who go through early menopausal. It is during the perimenopausal stage that migraines are experienced simply because of hormone fluctuations. Some have complained about more intense pain than the usual migraine attacks during perimenopause.

Women in menopause and perimenopause, more often than not, experience hot flushes, insomnia, dizziness, palpitations and headache. Drop in estrogen levels results in increased headache. Further, increase in fluctuating headache patterns is also experienced as menopause nears.

If during menstruation, headaches are experienced, infrequent menstruation during the menopausal stage should improve headache attacks. Aging may be associated with headaches that lessens in severity during menopause. Most women never realize that the frequency and improved intensity of attacks may be attributed to menopause.

There are those who become thankful than resentful when in menopause. Aside from the being freed from the usual hassle of going back and forth to the ladies room to change sanitary napkins and going through all the discomforts of menstruation, migraine attacks are greatly minimized (particularly those related to the menstrual cycle).

Menopause is part of every woman’s life. It should be embraced and treated normally.