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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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

Balancing Chronic Migraine & Motherhood: From My Migraine Life

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 can you expect?

A hysterectomy can have a postive impact on hormone-related migraine. Learn the facts and the risks of this surgery and its relationship to migraine.Read More

Menstrual Migraine Treatment and Prevention | AMF

Menstrual migraine can be difficult to treat. Learn what options you have to manage your symptoms and the best methods for preventing attacks.Read More

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

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

Women and Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

Over a lifetime, migraines in women are often associated with hormonal shifts such as during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause.Read More

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