Menopause Headaches: The Facts

Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell

Did you know that migraines are more than three times more likely to occur in women than in men? Women are more prone to these headaches in their pubescent years and yet again during their perimenopusal years, particularly at the onset of, or during, a menstrual cycle. These headaches are caused by fluctuations in the female hormone estrogen.
A migraine is defined as a severely painful headache that is often preceded and/or accompanied by any, or all, of the following sensory warnings –

  • Flashes of Light or Blind Spots (aura)
  • Tingling in the arms or legs
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound

How can I naturally prevent myself from getting these headaches?
The first step you can take is to look for the origin of what is causing these headaches to occur. If you can figure this out they should go away, not only temporarily, but also for a lifetime.

In the meantime, there is hope:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Drink water daily
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice stress relieving techniques
  • Acupuncture
  • Consider bio-identical hormone replacement
  • Take nutritional supplements and essential fatty acids

In the end, it all comes down to a healthy lifestyle, and if that does not do it, seek professional help.

Actually, I have heard that acupuncture is the best treatment modality, tell me more.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near, or on, the surface of the skin, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect. Engaging in acupuncture also releases opiates into the system which helps reduce pain naturally. When you take into consideration the collective benefits, it is really quite easy to see why acupuncture works so well.

Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. It is not only effective for stopping the discomfort associated with migraines, but it also reduces the time you miss with your family and at work.

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