Menopause & Migraine

About thirty percent of women experience an upsurge in their migraines with the arrival and first few years of menopause, but ultimately the post-menopausal woman is likely to have fewer and less serious migraines than in her earlier life. With respect to headaches, the menopausal period is of course complicated by the possible use of estrogen supplements, to reduce menopausal symptoms, but which can lead to headaches when their levels fluctuate. For women wishing to remain on HRT, a low and continuous dose is less likely to result in migraines than regimens in which there is a week of no estrogen. An estrogen patch can be a good approach to stabilizing estrogen levels. can also be aimed at minimizing hormone fluctuations and hot flashes, such as venlafaxine or the SSRI medications paroxetine and fluoxetine. Venlafaxine can also act as a migraine preventative in some patients.

If you are suffering from one or more of these conditions, and you would like us to help, please call our office today at 713.467.4082.