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4 Reasons Why You May Have Headaches During Menopause

4 Reasons Why You May Have Headaches During Menopause

4 Reasons Why You May Have Headaches During Menopause
And a few tips to manage them!

Menopause does not happen in a day. It stretches out over a period of several years for most women. During this time, they will have irregular periods accompanied by hot flashes, and often, severe bouts of headaches and dizziness. As the menopause approaches, periods become erratic, and the hormones fluctuate, disorienting the body.

Migraines and dizziness are side-effects of these changes occurring in the body. There can be several causes for them. In general, if you have a history of headaches associated with periods, you are more prone to menopause headaches and dizziness. They might get worse as you approach your menopause and stop only once estrogen levels settle down.

4 Ways hormonal changes cause menopausal migraines

Why do women get menopausal headaches? We have zeroed in on these 4 causes:

  1. Poor balance: Females experience vertigo because of the estrogen drop.
  2. Glucose drop: Low levels of estrogen reduces the availability of glucose, causing fatigue and dizziness.
  3. Abnormal heart rhythms: Hormonal changes can also cause the heart to beat irregularly or skip a beat. This triggers dizziness.
  4. Disoriented brain: In the absence of usual levels of estrogen, which helps the brain to position itself with respect to the environment, the brain gets disoriented.

5 Tips to manage your headaches

Migraines tend to improve only after menopause when your hormones have settled down. But here are some lifestyle tips that will help you manage them:

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol, and caffeine.
  2. Stick to a sleep schedule. The fresher you are, the better your body can combat menopausal side effects.
  3. Frequent, healthy meals are the rule of the period. You need to maintain your blood sugar levels by eating whole foods.
  4. Some yoga and exercise help! Not only to reduce stress but also to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  5. Learn some balancing exercises. It’s important to train your muscles. The stronger they are, the better your balance!

References

  1. Henry, Dana. “Menopause and dizziness: Causes and Treatments”. Medical News Today. Accessed on 9 August 2019. Available on: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319860.php
  2. Professor Anne MacGregor in collaboration with the British Menopause Society. “Migraine and HRT”. Women’s Health Concern. Accessed on 9 August 2019. Available on: womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/migraine-and-hrt/

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