Hormones and Migraine


Migraine disproportionately affects women, in part due to hormones. In this section, we break down the relationship between changes in hormone levels and headache disorders as they relate to oral contraceptives, pregnancy and more. From menstruation to menopause, learn more about treatment options and how to answer questions about new symptoms and concerns as patients enter different phases of life.

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News & Articles

Hot Topics: Oral Contraceptives and Migraine | AHS

Adding in estrogen-based oral contraceptives can further increase the risk of stroke in patients with migraine with aura.Read More

Migraine and Contraceptives | American Headache Society

Dips in estrogen cause many patients to seek out hormonal balancing methods such as contraceptives as a form of treatment.Read More

Patient Resoureces

Migraine and Pregnancy: How Hormones Affect Head Pain | AMF

Pregnancy can affect migraine pain. Learn how hormones can impact head pain before, during and after pregnancy and how to safely treat migraine while pregnant.Read More

Impact of Pregnancy and Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

We asked our Move Against Migraine group about their experiences with pregnancy and migraine to learn more about how migraine impacts people.Read More

Migraine Through A Woman’s Life | American Migraine Foundation

For women, migraine frequency and treatment options can change from puberty to menopause. Learn how fluctuating estrogen levels affect migraine.Read More

Oral Contraceptives and Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

Taking oral contraceptives for birth control can have an impact on migraine. Learn what risk factors are involved before you start a regimen.Read More

Migraine in Transgender People | American Migraine Foundation

Headache specialists are working to improve the field’s understanding of migraine in transgender people and provide more comprehensive treatment options that reflect the unique needs of this community. Finding the right doctor is essential to getting a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan that works for you.Read More

New Moms & Migraine: Understanding Pospartum Headache | AMF

Postpartum headache may occur in the first two weeks after delivery even if you didn't experience migraine during pregnancy. Learn the signs and symptoms.Read More

Understanding the Migraine Gender Gap | American Migraine Foundation

Exploration into link between hormones and migraine has uncovered details about fluctuating estrogen levels and increased vulnerability to migraine attacks.Read More

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