Menopause and Migraines

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Has your head been pounding lately? Menopause migraines can be especially intense and difficult to endure. Today, we’ll discuss its symptoms, common triggers causing them, as well strategies for managing the uncomfortable discomfort they bring. Don’t let these pesky pains get in the way anymore – it’s time to take back control.

What are the symptoms of menopause migraines?

Battling a headache can be like having an unrelenting thumping inside your head. Migraines, however, are in a league of their own – the pain is intense and concentrated on one side only. Every migraine experience is unique, and this condition can come in a variety of forms. Its four distinct phases include prodrome (accurizing symptoms), aura (sensory changes before the headache begins) , headache phase – with its associated discomforts like intense pain on one or both sides of the head as well as sensitivity to light and sound, nausea/vomiting, all culminating eventually into postdrome after which life resumes normalcy again.

What are common triggers for migraines?

  • Hunger
  • Certain foods or drinks
  • Emotional stress
  • Caffeine
  • Lack of sleep
  • Daily use of pain-relieving medication
  • Strong scents
  • Chemical or preservative sensitivities
  • Light
  • Hormonal changes in women

How do you stop migraines during menopause?

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Although the hormonal changes of menopause can trigger migraines, there are effective ways to reduce and prevent them. Women transitioning through this period in their lives no longer have to accept headache-related pain as an inevitable part of it; instead, they now possess many options for eliminating or diminishing that discomfort.

  1. Make sure to get enough rest – establishing a consistent sleep routine can help keep stress-induced migraines at bay.
  2. Maintaining a healthy diet should be a top priority on your path to feeling better during menopause. Eating nutritious meals can help keep migraines and other symptoms in check
  3. Make movement a part of your lifestyle to naturally feel better. Exercise releases endorphins, giving you the power to boost your mood and reduce the physical discomfort.
  4. To stay in control of your environment, it’s important to identify and dodge triggers such as intense lights, loud sounds or powerful smells. In the event you can’t escape a trigger, take some time out for yourself by retreating into a quiet space away from any stimulus.
  5. Take over-the-counter or prescription medications
  6. Take a step back from your stress with calming techniques like deep breathing and massage. Restoring balance to both body and mind, these practices can help you relax and renew.

Unwanted head pain can often be a pesky part of the menopause experience, but there’s hope. Take charge by following some of these simple tips, and you may just see your migraine and headache symptoms reduced.


Menopause can be tough, but don’t let the stress of it amplify any migraine pain you might feel. A candid conversation with your doctor and a few notes tracked in a diary will get you well on your way to finding an effective management plan for handling migraines during this time.

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