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Woman dealing with migraines during menopause and hormonesI am being plagued with headaches. How can I figure out if they are related to my hormones?


Changes in both estrogen and progesterone as part of your normal menstrual cycle (even after hysterectomy) or during menopause can contribute to headaches and migraines. But how do you know if your hormones are really the culprit for your pain?

Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky and take some time and effort to figure things out as there is no test to identify hormone related headaches. Below is a check list that can help you and your doctor make an educated guess about whether or not your headaches and migraines might be related to your hormones.

Your headaches might be related to your hormones if:
  • They consistently begin a couple days before your period would start.
  • They consistently begin a couple days after your period starts.
  • They consistently occur during PMS, even after hysterectomy.
  • They occur along with menopause symptoms.
  • They occur when using hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
  • When using birth control pills, they consistently occur when taking specific pills.
  • You notice they occur with other hormone imbalance symptoms.
  • They consistently occur about 24 hours after having cravings or increased hunger, sensitivity to light or sound, feelings of depression, fatigue, and/or feeling hyper sensitive.

Having a headache can miserable and debilitating, especially if it’s a migraine. If you can figure out what is causing or contributing to your headaches, then you can take steps to try to prevent them. If you have been able to check off a number of items on the list above, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss whether or not your headaches are related to your hormones. You may also want to see a physician who specializes in treating headaches.


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.

09-22-2015 - 11:39 AM


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