How Can You Connect Hormones and Headaches?


Have you ever thought there could be a link between hormones and a headache? Due to ovulation, in women, during their perimenopausal or menopausal stages headaches occur. It typically happens just before periods start or when ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone. There is a strong link between estrogen and headaches and this symptom is known as ‘estrogen withdrawal’. Estrogen withdrawal migraines and headaches can continue for years after menopause and BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) can help women to get relief from it.

Hormones and Headaches

It has been found during neurological and endocrine studies, that estrogen is liable for modulating the severity and frequency of migraines. Additionally, estrogen steroid hormone quantity also known as serum estradiol, effects estrogen in the body. A woman can get a bad headache and migraine if the serum estradiol drops below the needed levels along with estrogen. Now, what can help with this problem? In OKC people know about hormonal imbalances, so they try hormone replacement therapy.

The Mechanism

Estrogen may affect the blood vessels or vasculature and provokes Nitric Oxide or NO release and activates the L-arginine/nitric oxide pathway. It has been found that in the body, NO is produced in blood platelets when one has a migraine and it alters normal blood flow.

Imbalance of Estrogen and Progesterone

Another theory about hormones and headaches includes metabolic and neurohormonal imbalances and it affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-gonadal axis. It is long proven that hormonal imbalances can cause a migraine.


Do Not Take Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and it works for pain relief but does not have any effects on nerves, such as a numbing effect. It influences necessary enzymes to create certain prostaglandins. It helps to alleviate pain and inflammation. Ibuprofen actually interferes with the hormonal balance and may also have a few side-effects such as nausea, heartburn etc.

Acetaminophen is an analgesic and it gives pain relief as it increases pain threshold. If you take it for a fever, it will start to affect the brain areas regulating body temperature. This pill also regulates prostaglandin but is not a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Therefore, it has certain side-effects such as vomiting, stomach pain etc.

Doctors strongly suggest not having either of these two, instead for a better cure, hormone replacement therapy in OKC is considered due to its far reaching results.

Come to Longevity Regenerative Institute for a detailed guide on hormone replacement therapy in OKC. We will help you to get relief from menopausal problems.

* * Disclaimer: This content should not be considered medical advice and does not imply a doctor-patient relationship.