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Is there an increased risk of migraine for women who take estrogen for menopausal symptoms?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Yes

Migraine usually first occurs in teens when their estrogen levels are spiking.
Many women tend to get more migraines at certain times of their cycle. Menopause may offer relief as estrogen levels go down, but taking estrogen may make migraine worse. However, if a woman has not had migraine before, taking estrogen in menopause is unlike to cause it. Other causes for headaches should be considered.

In brief: Yes

Migraine usually first occurs in teens when their estrogen levels are spiking.
Many women tend to get more migraines at certain times of their cycle. Menopause may offer relief as estrogen levels go down, but taking estrogen may make migraine worse. However, if a woman has not had migraine before, taking estrogen in menopause is unlike to cause it. Other causes for headaches should be considered.
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