I heard migraines go away during pregnancy. Is it true?
They usually do. During pregnancy, estrogen levels in the blood rise steadily and become very high. Fortunately, they do not have the fluctuations with sudden drops in blood levels that are seen during the normal menstrual cycle. As a result, migraine tends to improve in…
My migraines are hard to control. Should I change my birth control pill?
Most of the time, it is preferable to stop taking birth control pills altogether than to change it (even if there are all sorts of stories about this or that pill). Many young women will get their first migraines after they start taking combined hormonal…
Can children be affected by migraine?
Yes! Many people think children and teenagers do not get migraines. However… 2% of children under 6 years old have migraines (approximately 1 child out of 40). 4 to 11% of children from 6 to 11 years old have migraines (approximately 1 child out of…
Are girls and boys equally affected by migraine?
No, it depends on the child’s age. Before age 7: boys are more affected. Between age 7 and 11: boys and girls are equally affected. After age 11: girls are more affected than boys. Adults: There are 3 women for every 1 man that are…
Is migraine’s presentation the same in children and adults?
No, there are a few differences. In children: Pain is most often located in the forehead or on both sides of the head. In adults, pain is usually located in only one side of the head. The duration of the attack is shorter. The attacks…
What medication can I take during pregnancy?
I’m a migraine sufferer and I’m planning to get pregnant… what medication can I take during pregnancy? The first thing to do is talk to your doctor! Most medical studies exclude pregnant women (we are always more careful in this situation), which makes proof of…
Can men get migraines?
Close to 7% of men are migraine sufferers. Often, they go unnoticed even with doctors, who perceive migraine as a women’s disease. Men also have a tendency to describe their symptoms differently. They will not say “I’m nauseous” or “light bothers me”, but will tend…
Menopause and migraine?
The good news is that for many women migraine improves, often dramatically, once menopause is reached. This may be especially true for women who previously had many menstrually related migraine attacks. In menopause, the monthly hormonal fluctuations stop, and therefore they can no longer trigger…
Migraine and oral contraceptives?
Most women with migraine can take oral contraceptives relatively safely. This is an issue which it is worth discussing with your doctor, however, as both migraine and oral contraceptives do increase the risk of stroke very slightly. In otherwise healthy women, this risk is so…
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