Is There Really Any Connection between PMS and Migraines?


The actual causes of migraine headaches and their exact resultant reactions inside the brain and body still remain in the realm of unknown. However, there is one particular fact which stands out very clearly, it is that the problem is far severe in case of women than men, almost 3 times.

If you enquire among your girlfriends you’ll find that most of them suffer from migraine during their periods, just before the start of their menstrual cycles. Statistically speaking, as many as 60% of women suffer from migraine during their periods. Such type of migraine attacks are also commonly referred to as “menstrual migraines”.

Medical science also doesn’t deny the direct relation between migraines and PMS, but hasn’t yet been able to pinpoint the exact reasons.

Furthermore, a large number of women who suffer from severe migraine express that their other PMS symptoms also become more severe with migraine.

A study which was published in ‘Headache’ in the year 2006 provided confirmation of this overwhelming phenomenon. The women who participated reported increased severity of back pain, abdominal cramps, breast tenderness, weight gain, mood swings and bloating during migraine attacks.

Some women actively take a brief course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen during the first few days of periods and also several days before it to fend off the possibility of PMS migraine. However, anyone who wants to try this kind of treatment option must discuss it with a qualified Doctor first.

To conclude, although there is no scientific evidence of it, there is indeed a very solid connection between PMS and migraines.



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