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Menopause Headaches

Whether you’ve found your headaches worsening with age, or began experiencing your first migraines in midlife, menopause may be the reason for intense, frequent headaches. Menopause headaches can range from mild to debilitating, sometimes incapacitating women for hours. While the factors involved in menopause headaches can vary, they all share a common cause – the hormonal imbalances created by advancing age and the loss of fertility.

Menopause Headaches

Definition of Menopause Headaches

Headaches that cause persistent pain, pressure and tension in the head due to hormonal imbalances and their related symptoms are considered menopausal headaches. Read more about headaches during menopause.

Symptoms of Menopause Headaches

Symptoms of menopause headaches may vary by the type of headache that occurs. Common symptoms include a surging, pulsating pain in the head and throbbing in the forehead or sides of the head.

Menopause headaches can occur as one of three varieties, including migraine, tension and sinus headaches, each with unique symptoms.

Y Throbbing head
Y Tension across the forehead
Y Neck pain
Y Sensitivity to sound
Y Light sensitivity
Y Nausea
Y Vomiting
Y Sweating palms
Y Visual distortions
Y Sinus pressure

Menopause Migraines Symptoms

Menopause migraines are often the most intense and longest type of menopause headache, causing hours – and sometimes even days – of throbbing pressure within the head and across the forehead or face. Menopause migraines often involve pain that begins within a single confined region and spreads throughout the head – though pervasive headaches can also occur during menopause.

Migraines that occur during menopause may also include sensory sensitivity, including worsening of pain or the occurrence of nausea with offending lights, sounds and smells. In some cases, menopause migraines may also cause perspiration, tension in the extremities, and pain behind the eyes. In some cases, vision may become affected, causing “halos” or “auras” to appear around the perimeter of objects.

Menopause Tension Headache Symptoms

Tension headaches can also occur during menopause. In fact, almost 9 out of 10 women will experience tension headaches during their lives. Though tension headaches tend to be less severe than migraines, symptoms can include moderate pain, tightness across the forehead, and tension in the neck and behind the head.

Menopause Sinus Headache Symptoms

Sinus headaches, also common during menopause, involve clogged sinus cavities. Women may find themselves experiencing facial pressure, particularly around the nose and eyes, nasal congestion and aching in the face.

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Causes of Menopause Headaches

Hormonal changes that occur during menopause cause menopause headaches to occur. Estrogen levels that rise too high or fall too low can both lead to the development of menopause headaches. In fact, estrogen levels that elevate and then crash may cause particularly intense headaches to occur. Blood vessels dilate as estrogen levels rise, only to constrict as progesterone levels fluctuate, resulting in tension within the head.

Certain factors may worsen menopause headaches, such as strong external stimuli like harsh lights, loud sounds, or unpleasant odors – particularly during menopause migraines. Psychological stress, seasonal or food allergies and insomnia may also exacerbate menopause headaches. Lifestyle factors such as alcohol intake, caffeine levels, and hunger may also cause headaches to worsen.

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Menopause Headaches Treatments

Some menopause headaches may simply be treated by over-the-counter medications. Prescription migraine medication may also be taken for relief during episodes of menopause migraines. Small amounts of caffeine or pressure between the thumb and forefinger may also alleviate migraine pressure temporarily. Sinus headaches may require allergy medication or antibiotics to treat if sinus infections are present.

Lifestyle changes may help assuage recurrent headaches, such as the removal of environmental triggers or avoidance of foods that cause allergic reactions. Some women find lowering psychological stress through exercise, relaxation techniques or yoga helpful in combating headaches during menopause, as well.

To eliminate recurrent headaches and migraines during menopause, however, the underlying hormonal imbalances responsible for menopause headaches must be resolved. Amberen provides the body with the means to regulate its own hormones naturally, without the added health risks of hormone replacement therapy. Once the body’s hormones come back into a state of natural balance, menopause headaches can be alleviated and prevented.

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Menopause Headaches FAQs

Q: When should I consult my physician about headaches that occur during menopause?

A: Menopause headaches that are particularly severe, gradually worsening or occur upon waking should be mentioned to your physician. If you experience headaches that are accompanied by neck stiffness and fever, disorientation, severe nausea or muscular weakness, seek medical attention immediately, as other health conditions may be involved.

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Risks of Menopause Headaches

In general, menopause headaches can cause fatigue, muscular tension, insomnia, and irritability if left untreated. In cases of menopause migraines, women may also experience nausea, weight changes due to appetite loss, and vision disturbances. Productivity may be affected by lack of focus, worsening of memory lapses, and inability to concentrate. Continue reading headache FAQ’s.