“Women at increased risk for hormonal headaches during perimenopause are those who have already had headaches influenced by hormones, such as those…”.1

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What may the Menopause Headaches Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Hormonal Headaches and Migraines
  • Menopausal/Menopause Headaches and Migraines
  • Perimenopausal/Perimenopause Headaches and Migraines

Headaches

Is there an association between headaches and perimenopause?

In Menopause FAQs: Understanding the Symptoms – Q. I’ve been having headaches lately. Is this a symptom of menopause? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) elaborate on:

“A. Studies suggest that hormones may play a role in headaches. Women at increased risk for hormonal headaches during perimenopause are those who have already had headaches influenced by hormones, such as those with a history of headaches around their menstrual periods (so-called menstrual migraines) or when taking oral contraceptives”.2

Migraines

Is there an association between migraines and menopause?

In Migraine: Can Migraine Be Worse During Menopause? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov elaborate on:

“If your migraine headaches are closely linked to your menstrual cycle, menopause may make them less severe. As you get older, the nausea and vomiting may decrease as well. About two-thirds of women with migraines report that their symptoms improve with menopause. But for some women, menopause worsens migraine or triggers them to start. It is not clear why this happens. Menopausal hormone therapy, which is prescribed for some women during menopause, may be linked to migraines during this time. In general, though, the worsening of migraine symptoms goes away once menopause is complete”.3

Hormonal Headaches

Is there an association between hormonal headaches and menopause?

According to the NAMS:

“Hormonal headaches typically stop when menopause is reached and hormone levels are consistently low”.4

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Treatment

How are headaches treated?

The NAMS explain:

“Treatments without medication include biofeedback, relaxation techniques, changes in diet, stress reduction, acupuncture, and regular sleep/wake schedules. Medications can prevent migraines from occurring (magnesium, aspirin, triptans, ergots, and hormone therapy) or stop a migraine that has already begun (triptans and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)”.5

In My-Oh-Migraine: Hormonal Headaches & Menopause the NAMS also note:

“If you think you are suffering from migraines, schedule an examination with your family physician or other healthcare provider to explore treatments”.6

Health Care Provider

What if I get headaches?

If you get headaches it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can identify any patterns, discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

The NAMS note:

“If a headache is unusually painful or different from those you have had before, seek medical help promptly”.7

In Headaches: See A GP If the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) also note:

“See a GP if:

  • Your headache keeps coming back
  • Painkillers do not help and your headache gets worse
  • You have a bad throbbing pain at the front or side of your head – this could be a migraine or, more rarely, a cluster headache
  • You feel sick, vomit and find light or noise painful
  • You get other symptoms – for example, your arms or legs feel numb or weak”.8

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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  1. Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. I’ve been having headaches lately. Is this a symptom of menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 29 May 2020
  2. Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. I’ve been having headaches lately. Is this a symptom of menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 29 May 2020
  3. Migraine: Can Migraine Be Worse During Menopause? Medical Review In 2012. Page Last Updated: 01 April 2019. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/migraine Accessed: 29 May 2020
  4. My-Oh-Migraine: Hormonal Headaches & Menopause – How Are Migraines Treated? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/women’s-health-and-menopause/my-oh-migraine-hormonal-headaches-menopause Accessed: 29 May 2020
  5. Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. I’ve been having headaches lately. Is this a symptom of menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 29 May 2020
  6. My-Oh-Migraine: Hormonal Headaches & Menopause – How Are Migraines Treated? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/women’s-health-and-menopause/my-oh-migraine-hormonal-headaches-menopause Accessed: 29 May 2020
  7. Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. I’ve been having headaches lately. Is this a symptom of menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 29 May 2020
  8. Headaches: See A GP If. Page Last Reviewed: 21 December 2017. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/headaches/#when-to-get-medical-help Accessed: 29 May 2020
Topic Last Updated: 01 July 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 29 May 2020
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