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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Treating Migraine During Pregnancy

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Hot Topics: Oral Contraceptives and Migraine

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Migraine and Contraceptives

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Special Populations: Migraine during Pregnancy

How does this affect family planning and pregnancy? Hear from Dr. Tracy Grossman on helping women manage migraine through pregnancy.

Discussing hormones and contraception with migraine patients

Many women with migraine report attacks just before and during their period. Join Dr. Susan Hutchinson and Dr. Catherine Stika as they discuss how to diagnose and treat menstrual migraine.

How to support patients with migraine who are preparing for pregnancy

Pregnancy can significantly impact migraine symptoms. Dr. Deena Kuruvilla, Dr. Susan Hutchinson and Dr. Catherine Stika explain how to provide pre-pregnancy counseling for migraine patients in this episode.

Pregnancy and migraine management (Part One)

From changes in medications to treatment at home, find out how to help women manage their migraine while pregnant.

Pregnancy and migraine management (Part Two)

What are some headache red flags that migraine patients should look out for while pregnant? Learn more from Dr. Susan Hutchinson and Dr. Catherine Stika about helping women with migraine manage pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions about hormones and migraine

About 60% to 70% of women with migraine experience attacks associated with hormonal changes. Listen to this episode for answers to some common questions about hormones and migraine.

Patient Resources

Migraine and Pregnancy: How Hormones Affect Head Pain

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

Pregnancy and Migraine: The Impact

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

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

Spotlight On: Oral Contraceptives and Migraine

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

Transgender people with migraine face unique obstacles in accessing care and treatment. Learn more about migraine considerations for this population.Read More

New Moms with Migraine: Understanding Postpartum Headache

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

What Is Migraine?

What is migraine? Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of this disabling neurological condition affecting more than 39 million Americans.Read More

Balancing Chronic Migraine and Motherhood

Sarah from My Migraine Life shares how migraine affects her family and offers tips for motherhood as a chronic migraine patient.Read More

Hysterectomy and Migraine: What to Expect

A hysterectomy may aggravate migraine. Learn how to create a migraine treatment plan before surgery.Read More

Menstrual Migraine Treatment and Prevention

Learn about the three main treatments for menstrual migraine and how to pick the best one for you, including acute and preventive treatment.Read More

Migraine And Pregnancy: What Moms-to-Be Need To Know

Being pregnant can have a great impact on migraine symptoms and treatment. Learn from the experts on how pregnancy can affect your migraine.Read More

Migraine and Women’s Health: Your Questions Answered

Women have unique challenges when it comes to managing migraine. Check out our webinar on migraine and women's health to learn more.Read More

Hormonal and Menstrual Migraine: Symptoms and Treatment

Menstrual migraine and hormonal headache can increase in severity as a woman nears her period. Learn more about how hormones cause migraine here.Read More

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