How Do Menstrual Migraines Occur?
So what's going on with your hormone levels that allow migraines to take hold at the absolute worst time of the month?
While a whole cascade of hormonal changes occur throughout the monthly cycle (and at the beginning of a woman's period), fluctuations in levels of estrogen and prostaglandins are believed to be most related to menstrual migraines.3
How so? Estrogen levels fall every month to trigger the start of menstruation.5 Menstrual migraines could occur due to the drop of estrogen and the release of prostaglandins in the first two days of a woman’s period.4 Levels of prostaglandins are highest during menstruation, and tend to be especially high in women who have heavy or painful periods.3
To determine if you have menstrual migraines, get out your migraine diary, and start keeping track of where you are in your menstrual cycle when you experience migraines.
Managing Your Menstrual Migraines
There’s no need to continue suffering from head pain due to hormones. Common migraine treatments, such as the application of an ice pack, practicing relaxation exercises, and taking OTC pain relievers, can help relieve menstrual migraines. Please see your doctor if you believe that you may be suffering from menstrual migraines.