Treatment and Causes of Menstrual Migraines

Do you suffer from migraines around the time of your period? Have you ever noticed that you have migraines mid-menstrual cycle? If this sounds like you, then it is likely that you have hormonally-induced menstrual migraines.

Some women find that the drastic shift in hormones during their menstrual cycle triggers a migraine. These drastic shifts can occur during the middle of the cycle around ovulation, around the time of menses, or both. During the first half of our menstrual cycle, our dominant hormone is estrogen. When we ovulate, estrogen levels drop drastically, and progesterone levels start to rise. The drop of progesterone at the end of your menstrual cycle triggers the onset of your period. Both of these sudden drops in hormone levels can trigger your migraines.

The ovaries are the primary sources of estrogen production. We are also exposed to high levels of  “xenoestrogens”, or artificial estrogens, from environmental influences such as phthalates found in items such as cosmetics, perfumes, plastic food containers, medical products, cleaning products, and parabens, which are found in hair and shaving gels, pre-packaged foods, soap, make-up, lotions and creams. These xenoestrogens are fat soluble molecules that are stored in your fat tissue and can act like estrogens in your body.

The liver is responsible for breaking down our estrogens to keep your hormones in balance. Your hormones are processed by the liver then removed from our body through your feces. However, the intestines reabsorb many of the estrogens from your digestive tract and they re-circulate through your body. Between your own natural estrogens and the environmental estrogens you are exposed to every day, your hormone levels can become imbalanced resulting in symptoms associated with PMS and menstrual migraines.

What you can do:

  1. Minimize or eliminate plastic – The plastic from water bottles and food containers can get absorbed into your food and water. Avoid by drinking out of glass water bottles and storing your food in glass containers. If you can’t avoid plastic totally, minimize the absorption by not letting the containers get hot. Heat speeds up the rate of absorption of xenoestrogen molecules into your food and water.
  2. Eat flax seeds – Flax seeds support healthy estrogen metabolism and are a vegetarian great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  3. Contact your Naturopathic Doctor – Your Naturopathic Doctor can customize your diet and herbal therapies into a treatment plan that meets your individual needs to efficiently reduce or eliminate your menstrual migraines.

If you feel that you are suffering from menstrual migraines, contact Elemental Healthcare to discuss a treatment plan that is right for you.