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Menopause Increases Headaches in 30% of Patients

As many as 30% of women who suffer migraines or chronic headaches can expect an increase in their frequency as they enter menopause, while post-menopausal women are more likely to experience fewer, less severe migraines than they did in the past. The use of estrogen treatments to reduce the symptoms of menopause can cause hormonal imbalances that trigger migraines. To remain on hormone treatments a low continuous dose can help reduce the appearance of migraines. An estrogen patch is one method of regulating the dose. Medications such as paroxetine, venlafaxine and fluoxetine can limit the fluctuation of hormonal levels and reduce hot flashes. In some patients venlafaxine has been shown to prevent migraines. 

Call us today if you are suffering from a menopause migraine or any headache disorder. Our doctors and staff will accurately diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan personalized just for you.