Hormonal Headaches Explored

Health & Wellness Digest

Posted by hwd editor
May 3, 2009

Hormonal headaches are suffered by women and can take place during the menstrual cycle. Hormones are what induces the pain response so both men and hormones prompt women’s headaches. Headaches are sometimes our body using a warning system that something serious is going on. Hormones regulate and start many of the body’s functions, so it is not surprising that they are in some way connected to headaches.

Menstrual migraines are hormonal headaches. Serotonin is one of the most common of the hormonal triggers. Women who suffer migraines may do so because of the way serotonin interacts with her female hormones. Menstrual migraines are caused by estrogen, which is the female sex hormone. They can get headaches when the estrogen and progesterone levels change in her cycle.

A woman may experience one-sided throbbing, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or light sensitivity or sound sensitivity.

Women who suffer from Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) may also have hormonal headaches. These headaches happen before the period starts. The PMS headache may be accompanied by acne, joint pain, and fatigue. She may also experience an increased occurrence of fear, panic attacks, a decreased sexual desire, and she may also suffer from an impaired judgment or memory problems. She may seem to be paranoid or be more sensitive to rejection. Typically these symptoms disappear as soon as the menstrual cycle begins.


Comment from Leslie

If you continue reading on with this article it will begin to discuss the different types of drugs that you can take for hormonal headaches.  Of course there are natural solutions so research those carefully too.

The bottom line is that when women do not live with the natural ebb and flow of  their hormone cycle – they will be putting a lot of undue stress on their endocrine system – and their emotions.  Please see Female Mystique The Three Phases of Eve

My co-author and I just published our first e-book “Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle and covers this information in a simple and meaningful way.

Most women are actually dehydrated and do not even realize it.  Hormonal headaches can also be a result of that.  Drinking plenty of water – not soda, coffee, juice or teas – just unfiltered water – AND NOT FROM A PLASTIC BOTTLE will also be helpful in easing headaches.

Of course, if a woman is estrogen dominate – as most are – using a natural progesterone cream will be helpful in balancing the hormones and easing the headache and other PMS discomforts.


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.