Quandary of Being a Woman and Having Hormones and Headaches

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January 7, 2009

It is a little known (or little recognized) fact that women experience are more likely to experience headaches than men do.

Science believes that women may have more painful headaches than men, as well. Naturally, there are a number of factors that come into play when considering an individual’s chances of developing headaches, and the frequency of such problems. Age, genetics, and family history can all play a role, but for women, there are a couple of other factors to be considered.

Hormone levels and birth control pills (which tamper with current levels or introduce synthetic hormones to the body) are both possible factors in the headache equation.

As stated, there are several factors that can play a role in someone’s chances of getting headaches. For example, age appears to be a big factor. The older one gets, theoretically, the more prone one is to experiencing headaches. People with a family history of being susceptible to the problem are also at increased risk, though whether or not there is a concrete genetic link is still uncertain. However, women have come to note that changes in hormones can often be accompanied by headaches.

This can include things like certain periods of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and any other times or circumstances that alter a woman’s usual hormone levels. This includes the use (or overuse) of birth control pills and patches, which introduce synthetic hormones.

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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.