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what is the link between migraine and hormones?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: Large estrogen swings provoke migraines. Drops in estrogen provoke migraines. That is why people on regular pill cycling , peri menopausal women and pregnant women have problems and whe it is worse if not on pills prior to periods when estrogen falls. Pills skipping placebos have helped any once their bodies adjust (give it 3months).
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Strong link: Females get migraine many times more often than males. Puberty is the worst time for young girls due to the surge in hormones. Often the migraines occur once a month associated with hormone surge. This is referred to as catamenial. Birth control pills often make migraines worse. Pregnancy can be a disaster for some migraine patients. Discuss with your primary doctor and obgyn.

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Which migraine medications are safe while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Certain medicines are safe for nursing and some are not. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen are safe medicines for nursing and effective for migraines. If you are on other medicines and want to know if they are safe, speak to your physician. Here's a website where you can access information about the safety of specific medicines: http://toxnet.Nlm.Nih.Gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?Lact.
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What are the pregnancy hormones?

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Dr. Anthony Anzalone
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HCG: The hormone human Chorionic Gonadotropin (better known as hcg) is produced during pregnancy. It is made by cells that form the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine wall. Levels can first be detected by a blood test about 11 days after conception and about 12 - 14 days after conception by a urine test.
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Are headaches and migraine related to ehlers-danlos syndrome?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 48 years experience
See Neurologist: I don't know of a association in general but in vascular eds. There is a tendency for blood vessels to burst. You need to see your doctor to see if you might have this involvement from eds. Anyone with eds can garden variety migraines but you need to get the headaches checked out.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How might my migraine headache be treated?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Several possibilitie: First identifying triggers in the diet or lifestyle are important as that may abort them altogether. I also suggest chinese medicine and acupuncture as I have seen headaches disappear during treatment. There are also medications that can help a great deal when one starts.. So having several options is very helpful!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Must my hormone levels be tested before determining if menopause?

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Dr. Michael Toaff
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Menopause: You don't have to, but this will help establish the diagnosis.

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