Being a girl is great – except when it comes to headaches

woman with headache

It's true: Women actually do get more migraines than men. Why? It's because their hormones fluctuate more, triggering those painful headaches. Whenever estrogen levels rise or drop rapidly, it can cause a migraine.

"If you struggle with migraines, try tracking them for a while to see if there's a connection to your menstrual cycle," said gynecologic surgeon Dr. Amanda Bush. "Often, the drop in estrogen just before your period starts can spark a migraine." 

If that's the case, your doctor can help you prevent these migraines by timing medication with your cycle, or by adjusting hormonal contraception so that you receive a steady dose of estrogen throughout the month. You also can ease your migraines by lowering stress and exercising regularly.

Once you're in the throes of a migraine, Dr. Bush suggests ice and medication to ease the pain.

"If you aren't using a prescription medication, taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug as soon as you feel a headache coming of a migraine can bring some relief," she said.

SwedishAmerican Gynecologist Amanda Bush, MD, sees patients at Belvidere Clinic. To make an appointment, please call (779) 696-8650.