Is there a relationship between estrogen and migraines? As you enter monthly menstruation cycles and menopause, estrogen levels (commonly measured in the urine) fall. Can this affect the likelihood of getting headaches was studied and please read on.
Commonly, the time period two days before and three days after menstruation is associated with the presence of migraines (“menstrual migraines”). Researchers presented a “two-hit” concept regarding this phenomena: the first hit, the rapid fall in estrogen levels, occurs before menstruation, and, combined with another trigger (the second hit), can cause an increase in these painful headaches. Common triggers- second hits – include stress, lack of sleep, or even a glass of wine.*
Further studies are underway to evaluate how oral contraceptive pills may affect ‘migraineurs‘.