Migraines are a common and often debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Women are three times more likely to experience migraines than men, with menstrual migraine affecting up to 50% of women who live with migraine.
Menstrual migraines are triggered by hormonal changes that occur during the menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is controlled by a complex interplay of hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Estrogen and progesterone play a crucial role in regulating the menstrual cycle, they are also linked to the production of serotonin, which acts to desensitise the brainstem. Evidence suggests that an increase in brainstem sensitivity during this time is what leads to a migraine episode.
Menstrual migraines are more likely to occur during the following phases of the menstrual cycle:
At the Melbourne headache and migraine group our individualised treatment is based on the Watson Headache approach. This evidence-supported approach focuses on the effect the upper neck can have on a variety of headaches and migraine conditions, including menstrual migraine. Stress in the upper neck can increase sensitivity in the central nervous system and brainstem, which when coupled with fluctuations in hormone levels during menstruation, can result in menstrual migraine.
Our gentle hands-on approach focuses on reducing stress and tension in the upper neck and therefore decreasing the sensitivity of the brainstem. As a result, we can reduce the frequency and/or severity of your migraine and the need for ongoing medications.
In conclusion, menstrual migraines are a particular type of migraine that is linked to the menstrual cycle. By following these prevention tips and seeking appropriate treatment, you can reduce the likelihood of experiencing menstrual migraines and alleviate symptoms when they do occur.
Our team at Melbourne Headache and Migraine Group are located within Williamstown Health and Lifestyle and is passionate about helping you reduce your reliance on medications and improving your quality of life. You can book online or call our reception team on 93978877