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Hormonal Migraines after Hysterectomy

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Hormonal Migraines after hysterectomyI've been having a lot of migraines since my hysterectomy. What could be causing them?


There are many things that could cause a migraine after a hysterectomy. These particular suggestions are not intended to be inclusive of all possible causes, but it will hopefully point you to a line of exploration regarding hormone imbalance.

Women who experienced menstrual headaches before their hysterectomy may be more likely to struggle with post-hysterectomy, hormone-related migraines.

Many women report headaches with new hormone therapy, particularly estrogens. This can indicate that initial dosage levels that are too high or too low.

Women with a history of menstrual migraines may find equine-derived conjugated estrogens cause hormonal migraines. These do not absorb at a steady rate, and they contain natural ingredients that contribute to migraines. Therefore, women with hormonal migraines can find symptom relief by switching to another type of estrogen replacement therapy.

Some women experience migraines while taking oral HRT (pill form). Changing to an estrogen patch or compounded estrogen (transdermal form), however, seems to reduce these headaches.

If you are on hormone replacement therapy, consider trying different dosage levels, brands, and delivery methods (oral to transdermal).

If you are not on hormone replacement therapy, you may find help with over-the-counter progesterone cream. Some in the medical community believe that estrogen dominance can cause migraine headaches, which could be relieved with added progesterone cream.

Be sure and discuss your migraines with your physician, and ask about altering your hormone replacement dosages.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-15-2013 - 02:14 PM


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