Can you prevent menstrual migraines? Menstrual migraines are one type of Migraine I have not talked about as much as other types – maybe because I never suffered with those types of migraines. However, menstrual migraines affect over 50% of women. Some of these women will also experience migraines at other times of the month as well. However, migraines during the menstrual cycle do tend to be a little more severe and often harder to treat – despite medications.
Still you do not have to resign yourself to menstrual migraines, despite the fact that you may feel there is very little you can do for this type of Migraine.
Don’t despair – there are a number of options to treat and prevent menstrual migraines.
It is worthwhile understanding what’s going on during the month so that you can better prevent these types of migraines.
Find Relief for Hormonal Migraines Here Do you feel as if you are on a hormonal merry-go-round? Women who suffer with migraines can so often attribute it to their cycle. When your mood-improving estrogen spikes, you feel great and can “conquer the world.” On the flip side, when your levels are low, you find yourself feeling out of balance, which results in migraines and headaches.
It seems that the estrogen/progesterone balance plays a pivotal role in whether or not you experience hormonal-related headaches and migraines. Some women start getting migraines before their monthly cycle starts (which is when estrogen levels dive), while others have them mid-cycle or at both times. Whatever your “cycle” is, if you are one of those people who suffer from menstrual/hormonal migraines, you already know how disruptive and excruciatingly painful they are. Of course, our natural response is to reach for a pill of some kind. While that may help temporarily, there are some natural ways you can balance your hormones to avoid the use of medicine.
7 Natural Cures for Migraines. For most people who experience an occasional headache, a couple of aspirin will usually do the trick. Migraine sufferers don’t have it so easy. Not only do many migraine meds have side effects that range from nausea and stomach ulcers to an increased risk of stroke and even heart attack, but up to two-thirds of users have also reported that they don’t deliver satisfactory results. That is so hard since many of us are so desperate to get migraine relief – and yet for many, not even the medications fully help.
As you know, having suffered from migraines for years and years with no relief in sight.
Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong and it’s Making You Fat and Tired
Oh my gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere!
And each expert and association tries to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you. Right?
Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat. This has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it’s certainly not the “holy grail” of health.
Are you eating healthy and not spending too much time in the kitchen? Are you eating real, whole food as much as you’d like? I have found that the best possible way to live a healthy lifestyle and have healthy and delicious meals all week long is by meal prepping once for the whole week. It saves me time, money, and stress, all the while allowing me to stay on track with eating healthy.
Could Exercise Help You Prevent Migraines?
We have briefly discussed in the past, the effects of exercise on migraines. I am a huge proponent of regular exercise as a prophylaxis for migraines. This has been such a “migraine reliever” in my own life.
Today, I would like to go into this in a little more depth, and find out what your general routine exercise is.
According to the American Headache Society, regular exercise can reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines. The AHS states that “When one exercises, the body releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. Exercise reduces stress and helps individuals to sleep at night. Stress and inadequate sleep are two migraine triggers.”