Migraine in Women

“I have a very severe headache during my period. It’s like one side of my brain is particularly throbbing and hurting.”

“My pain is so great that it goes all the way down to my ears, sometimes on a certain side.”
“I can tell from my severe headache that I’m going to get my period.”
Do these sentences sound familiar to you?
PMS can manifest itself in different ways in every woman. Some have breast tenderness, some have abdominal pain or anxiety, and some have migraine attacks.

Migraine can manifest itself in different ways;
• Changes and sensitivity in taste, touch and smell
• Numbness, tingling in hands and face
• Nausea, vomiting
• Sensitivity to light and sound
• Pain behind the eye or ear


• Excessive consumption of caffeine
• Nicotine and alcohol consumption
• Insomnia
• Exposure to excessive sound and light
• Stress
• Perfume, cleaning materials and bad weather
• Excessive physical activity
• Hormonal imbalance
• Birth control pills
• Unhealthy diet and additives

Migraine occurs during menstruation due to 2 reasons.

The first reason is the decrease in estrogen hormone. This is why you experience migraines at the time of your period and a week before your period.
The second reason is the release of prostaglandins with the decrease of progesterone in the first days of menstruation. These prostaglandins also cause abdominal, leg and groin pain.

As a result, it is possible to alleviate or get rid of migraine attacks experienced in this period by feeding migraine-specific and taking into account the triggering factors.

Nutritionist Fulya Bozdemir

Source: fulyabozdemir.com, Migraine in Women

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