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migraines & menopause

Among women who suffer from migraines, about 30% will experience an increase in their frequency during the years of menopause. The good news is that menopause migraines are less frequent and severe in post-menopausal women. Some headache complications that arise during menopause are directly tied to hormonal treatments prescribed to reduce menopausal symptoms and by the hormonal fluctuations they can cause. Women wishing to remain on a hormonal treatment should consider a device, such as an estrogen patch, that administers a low, continuous dose throughout the day since these are less likely to cause spikes or drop in hormone levels. Medications that stabilize hormone levels such as fluoxetine, paroxetine and venlafaxine are also helpful in reducing migraines. 

If you are experiencing more frequent and more severe headaches during menopause, call us for help in managing and eliminating your menopause migraine headache pain.