Hormones and migraine: a trigger and a treatment?
Author: Alexander Melinyshin, MD, FRCPC, Headache Fellow Why do women suffer from migraine more often than men? According to a study published in The Lancet, approximately one billion people on the planet have Migraine (2012; 380, 2163 – 2196). Migraine affects women more than men at…
I heard that migraine disappears after menopause….is it true?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Menopause marks the time when your periods actually stop and on average occurs between age 50-52 years, but may occur between age 40-60. During the peri-menopausal years leading up to menopause, when a woman’s periods are often…
Which medication can I take during pregnancy?
Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Many different medications are used to treat migraines, both acute and preventive, and thus it is important to talk to your doctor about which medications are safe to take during pregnancy, especially since many migraine medications are considered…
What will happen to my migraines during pregnancy?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Hormonal changes during pregnancy can have an impact on your migraines with fluctuations in the levels of hormones, causing your migraines to improve, worsen or even stabilize. The levels of estrogen and progesterone, the two main types…
I have migraine with aura. Can I use an intra-uterine device?
Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Some studies show that low-dose estrogen may be prescribed in women who have simple visual aura. Many other studies recommend using progestin-only pills, an intrauterine device (IUD) or barrier contraception, like condoms. This remains a controversial topic…
Can I use an oral contraceptive? Will it make migraine worse?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Headache is a common side effect of oral contraceptive pills, which can be affected by the dose and the type of hormone(s) in the pill. It is important to understand there are 2 main types of oral…
How will a migraine diary help?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie It is important to keep a detailed headache diary each day that the headaches occur. It is not easy to recall what happened 3 to 4 months ago and diaries make it easier for your doctor to…
Why are my migraines worse during my period?
Migraines that are associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle but also occur at other times of the month are called menstrually related migraines. This occurs in 60% of women. Studies show that migraine is most common during the 2 days before the start of your…
Why do women get more migraines?
Prior to puberty, migraine occurs in about 2-4% of children, with boys being more affected than girls. This changes at the onset of puberty, when migraine becomes more common in females than males. In fact, girls are more likely to have their first migraine during…
My child has headaches… should I be worried?
Headaches are very common in children. In fact, over 50% of children will experience headaches during their childhood or adolescence1. The vast majority of headaches are benign, meaning that there is no underlying disease causing the headache. Children also often get headaches in the context…
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