Migraines and Menopause: What’s the Connection and How Do You:

For women who suffer migraines and Menopause, the frequency of these debilitating headaches seems to increase as they approach menopause, a new study finds.”Changes in female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone that occur during the perimenopause might trigger increased headaches during this time,” said study co-author Dr. Richard Lipton. He is director of the Montefiore Headache Center and vice chair of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

The new research included more than 3,600 women who suffered migraines before and during menopause. The risk of high-frequency migraines (10 or more a month) rose 60 percent during the transitional time into menopause marked by irregular menstrual cycles (perimenopause).The risk of migraine was highest during the later stage of perimenopause, when women have low levels of estrogen, the study found.

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