Hormonal Headache Treatment
Are your hormones really the cause of your menstrual headache?
Menstrual headache is a common type of headache that affects women around the time of their period beginning. Typically, sufferers report that these headaches begin a few days before, on the day of, or a day or two after their period, and last for a couple of days. Menstrual headaches can affect different locations in the head, can be one sided or affect both sides, can have migraine-like symptoms (such as nausea or vomiting), tension headache symptoms, or a combination of both.
It’s easy to blame hormones for these headaches, thanks to changes in the level of oestrogen during your period, and the fact that men don’t seem to get hormonal headaches! But at the Headache and Pain Management Centre, we look deeper, to discover and treat the underlying cause of menstrual headaches.
What really causes a hormonal headache?
If menstrual headaches are purely caused by hormones, why is it that not all women suffer from menstrual headache? Alternatively, why is it that many menstrual headache sufferers get headaches at other times of the month? Perhaps your hormones are actually being blamed for something else happening.
Medical studies show that oestrogen is linked to a body chemical called serotonin, which affects your stress and anxiety responses. The higher your serotonin, the better your mood, and the lower your serotonin, the worse. At the beginning of the menstrual cycle, the lower serotonin levels cause your brain’s blood vessel pressure to change. This happens in every woman, whether they suffer with hormonal headaches or not.
As the blood vessels in your brain constrict and dilate in response to serotonin, they send sensations through an area of your lower brainstem for your brain to process. What’s more, sensations from your neck, scalp, sinuses, temples, jaw and ears also pass through this same area.
Your headaches and migraines occur as your lower brainstem becomes sensitised. Normal input from your body is interpreted as being painful, because your body is tricked into thinking that there is something wrong with it. The reason for this? It’s actually the top of your neck.
Is your hormonal headache caused by your neck?
The top of your neck is now understood to be the major causative factor for migraines and headaches, in a majority of cases. And at the Headache and Pain Management Centre, our clinical experience shows that hormonal headaches can also be caused by the neck.
If we find your neck is an issue, then other “triggers” for menstrual headaches, such as hormonal cycles, will become an issue as well. This is because the area of the brain that the information from the neck passes through, is the same area of the brain that the information from your face and teeth passes through. This is why a menstrual headache happens.
How we diagnose and treat your Hormonal Headache
At the Headache and Pain Management Centre, our clinicians use world-first hormonal headache treatment techniques to diagnose where your headache is coming from, and treat that specific cause.
We know what we are looking for. We don’t simply blame pesky hormones for your headache. You won’t need to keep a food diary, or play ‘trial and error’ with medications. At your first consultation, we will be able to tell you if your neck is the underlying cause of your hormonal headache.
We understand what you’re going through when you suffer from a headache – and we have the answers that can help. For your personalised hormonal headache treatment, please call us on 1300 16 55 33 or use the contact form above.