If you see yourself frequently popping painkillers at that ‘time of the month’ it could mean you are suffering from menstrual or hormonal headaches. The problem is fairly common. Estimates suggest that out of 70 percent women who suffer from migraines, 60-70 percent do so on account of menstrual cycles. The National Headache Institute is experienced in dealing with chronic headaches that affect women at different times during their menstrual cycle.
What Triggers Menstrual Headaches?
There are many triggers for a headache but it is commonly understood that menstrual headaches are brought on due to hormonal imbalances faced by women.
Estrogen and progesterone are the two hormones that play a major role in regulating the menstrual cycle and can also affect the chemicals in the brain that are related to headaches. Estrogen levels naturally dip during periods and this is generally the reason for the headache to start. Women more susceptible to hormonal imbalance are generally the worst hit and are vulnerable to these headaches.
How Can Menstrual Headaches Be Treated?
On the face of it, a menstrual headache might seem like a real challenge but the good news is that it can be successfully treated. At the National Headache Institute we have been treating patients dealing with hormone related headaches and in many cases we have helped them eliminate the problem completely. Maintaining the body’s hormone levels is obviously the key to resolving hormonal/menstrual headaches, apart from making some lifestyle changes to prevent recurrence.
Menstrual Headache Treatment Options
- Balancing Hormones: Since menstrual headaches are caused due to a dip in hormone levels, it is important to address this first. Medication, as prescribed by the doctor, is a good option. Another method is taking birth control pills that helps balance hormones and provides relief from headaches.
- Diet: Eathing healthy, nutritious food that helps in regulating hormones can go a long way in relieving headaches.
- Lifestyle: Reducing stress and exercising regularly will reduce the frequency and severity of the headache.
The National Headache Institute with its advanced research and experience in this field has been extremely successful in helping patients manage menstrual headaches. Speak to our specialist team today or use our contact form to book a consultation about menstrual headaches.