Hormonal Headaches – Symptoms


By Leena Palande
Published: 12/24/2010

Hormonal headaches symptoms are almost similar to migraine headaches symptoms and therefore are many times, misinterpreted. Leaf through this article that describes the causes and symptoms of hormonal headaches.

Many women complain about headaches before or during menstruation. Young girls or boys, nearing the age of puberty may also suffer from headaches. These headaches are wrongly interpreted as migraine headaches. Actually, changes in hormonal levels, especially in women, trigger headaches. Sex hormones and the reproductive cycle of a woman are actually responsible for hormonal headaches symptoms. Let us take a look at hormonal headaches causes first.

Hormonal Headache Causes

After attaining puberty, body of a woman starts producing very high levels of female hormones like estrogen. The period when a woman may experience hormonal headache, depends upon her reproductive cycle and hormonal levels. Unbalanced estrogen levels and imbalance of other hormones like progesterone and serotonin can lead to headache. Premenstrual syndrome is one of the main culprits of hormonal headaches. Another main cause of hormonal headaches is intake of birth control pills that contain hormone-altering medications. Women can experience hormonal headaches during menopause, menstrual cycle, pregnancy and postpartum.

During pregnancy, usually, there is an improvement in hormone headaches. But, due to extreme hormone fluctuations during pregnancy, some women may experience headaches. As pregnancy should be one of the happiest time in the life of a woman, those having hormonal headaches should consult their doctors immediately. Hormonal headaches during pregnancy can be easily managed with prescribed medicines and lifestyle changes.

A poor diet can induce hormonal changes and can cause hormonal headaches. Though women are more prone to hormonal headaches, men may also experience hormonal headaches due to hormone imbalance. Unbalanced estrogen and testosterone hormone levels can result in hormonal headaches in men. Andropause is the term used to describe the male menopause. As women experience hormonal headaches after menopause or before and during menopause; men may also suffer from hormonal headaches before, during or after andropause.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.