Unfortunately, menstruation is by no means symptom-free for all women. Period pains, which can occur during the period, also include headaches.
In the following, we will explain how this happens and what you can do about headaches during your period.
Headaches and periods - the most important facts at a glance
- Headaches during your period are mainly caused by a rapid drop in oestrogen levels.
- If the headache comes with other symptoms before your period, it may be a PMS symptom.
- Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting enough rest can help relieve menstrual migraines and headaches.
- Magnesium supplements can help counteract tension headaches.
- Taking painkillers is sometimes unavoidable for severe headaches and migraines.
- A doctor's advice can be useful if you have regular period symptoms like headaches and migraines.
Why do you get headaches during your period?
Your hormone balance changes constantly during your cycle. After ovulation, for example, your oestrogen levels drop until menstruation starts. It is thought that this rapid drop in oestrogen levels is one of the main reasons why many women get headaches or migraines right at the start of their period.
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Apart from this, the pain messenger prostaglandin probably also plays a certain role in the development of headaches during the period.
Different types of menstrual headaches
Women very often suffer from menstrual tension headaches. Apart from that, typical migraine attacks can also occur during the period.
Menstrual migraines often last longer than usual. In addition, in many cases the symptoms are particularly severe and nausea and vomiting are quite common in affected women.
Other common period pains
Unfortunately, headaches are not the only period pains that can occur. Cramps and pain in the abdomen are also very common and can sometimes be at least as unpleasant. Apart from that, flatulence and other digestive problems can also occur in connection with the period.
Headaches before your period
Headaches can occur not only during your period, but also before it. Together with other symptoms like backache, abdominal pain and mood swings, they are typical PMS symptoms. The abbreviation PMS stands for premenstrual syndrome.
Premenstrual syndrome affects about 80 per cent of all women. So, unfortunately, the chances are good that you also suffer from headaches or other PMS symptoms before your period. As with menstrual headaches, hormonal fluctuations are considered to be one of the main causes.
What can help with menstrual headaches?
If you suffer from menstrual migraines and headaches, there are a few things you can do to relieve the symptoms. With a little luck and patience, you can make sure that they no longer interfere with your daily life.
The following things can help to prevent menstrual migraines and headaches:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet that provides your body with all the nutrients it needs.
- Make sure you get seven to eight hours of sleep every night so your body can recover.
- Make it a habit to integrate relaxation breaks, such as meditation, into your daily routine.
- Avoid unnecessary stress, which can lead to problems like migraines, especially before and during your period.
- Try to counteract your headaches with autogenic training, acupuncture or relaxation exercises.
Magnesium for headaches during the period
A magnesium deficiency can cause tension in the neck and shoulders, leading to tension headaches. If you regularly suffer from migraines or headaches during your period, taking magnesium supplements may help.
If you take a higher dose of magnesium, we recommend that you talk to your gynaecologist beforehand to avoid possible problems caused by an overdose of this important mineral.
Painkillers for headaches during your period
If the headache during your period is very severe and cannot be relieved in any other way, you may have no other choice but to take painkillers.
Please remember, however, that long-term use is not without risk and can have side effects. It is definitely advisable to talk to your gynaecologist.
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Our conclusion on headaches and periods
As you can see, it's not uncommon to have a headache before or during your period. With the right measures, you should usually be able to manage your headaches. If you need to, you can of course ask your gynaecologist what she recommends to help with headaches before and during your period.