Migraine, Contraception, & Menstrual Cycle


A woman’s menstrual cycle causes monthly fluctuations in hormone levels that can impact their migraine symptoms. When hormonal contraception involving estrogen is used, more disruptions can occur. In this section, learn about the role of estrogen in migraine, what treatment options to give patients during menstruation at various life stages and the most suitable options for contraception.

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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.

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.

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