Does menopause cause migraine headaches? During perimenopause and menopause
For many women who have had hormone-related headaches, migraines become more frequent and severe during perimenopause — the years leading up to menopause — because hormone levels rise and fall unevenly.
How long do menopause migraines last? Menstrual migraines, also known as hormone headaches, happen right before or during a woman’s period (up to two days before through three days during) and may get worse with movement, light, smells, or sound. Your symptoms may last for a few hours, but they’ll likely last days.
What do menopausal headaches feel like? Signs and symptoms include an intense pulsing or throbbing type of pain, often on one side of the head, as well as symptoms such as flashing lights or “aura”, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting. To help ease menopause migraines, make sure you eat regularly, stay hydrated and manage stress.
How can I control my menopause migraines?
- Keep a diary of what you eat, and try to avoid foods that trigger your migraines.
- Eat meals at regular times.
- Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
- Cut stress using relaxation methods such as deep breathing, exercise, or massage.