What is a Hormonal Migraine?

by | May 1, 2020 | Hypothalamus | 0 comments

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If you are wondering what causes your hormonal headaches and how to treat it naturally, then read on. In this article, I will show you exactly what you need to deal with your hormonal headaches and how to treat them naturally. Let’s begin.

So, first off, let us talk about what hormonal headaches are. And, when I’m talking about hormonal headaches, I’m talking about those experienced by women and I am also talking about those related to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Consider your normal menstrual cycle, and it could be a 21-day cycle, a 28-day cycle, a 35-day cycle, it does not matter the length for the topic at hand. What matters is what is happening to your hormones during that cycle. At the beginning of your cycle, right after your period, your estrogen level rises dramatically, and then it drops and has another little rise, and then it falls again right before your menstrual cycle. Your progesterone rises after you have actually ovulated and falls again right before your menstrual cycle, right before your period.

The biggest issue with hormonal headaches are these drops in estrogen. They will occur around ovulation right before your period, as well as during your period. And the reason for that, is that estrogen controls the blood flow to your brain. What is going to happen is, when your estrogen levels get low, your vascularity, the blood flow to the brain, creates more spasms. And those spasms decrease that blood flow, you will then start to get a hormonal headache.

It is a vascular headache, often called a migraine headache. It is associated with difficulties with light, difficulties with your vision, sometimes you will smell something funny beforehand, and you are the only one smelling it. Those are called auras. The headache may start off as a kind of a dull pressure and then develop into a really severe headache. Migraine headaches typically are felt on just one side of your head or the other, but they can also be felt on both sides in a hormonal headache as the vascular spasms are on both sides of the carotids leading to the brain. So, the biggest thing you need to do is learn to control the hormones.

Hormone Healing Tip #1: Avoid Triggers

There are certain triggers that actually will start your hormonal headaches going on. Caffeine is one of those triggers. Now, if you are drinking caffeine on a regular basis it is not a huge issue, but if you withdraw from caffeine, if you stop drinking any caffeine or you have a lot of caffeine at once, that can trigger a migraine or a hormonal headache. Another trigger can be lights, if you are exposed to a lot of serious blinking lights, such as while driving at night. Sometimes your computer screen can bother you and cause hormonal headaches, as well.

Now, another issue, which is huge, is if you start to skip meals and your blood sugar goes low. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are eating your meals regularly and your blood sugar is balanced, because that can also trigger a vascular or migraine headache. And it is especially an issue when you’re menstruating around ovulation and right before your period. That is more likely to give you that hormonal headache so first thing, avoid the triggers.

Hormone Healing Tip #2: Prevent Estrogen Withdrawal

Okay, how are you going to do that?  Well, you can help to balance your hypothalamus using my product Genesis Gold. And that will help to even out that experience of estrogen withdrawal. With my most severe patients, I will actually give them a very small dose of sublingual, meaning underneath the tongue, estrogen, and they will take it directly when triggered. I usually recommend that this be taken about 12 to 24 hours before they normally would experience a migraine headache. And most of these women generally know when that will be, they have  been writing on their calendar what is happening with their periods and when they get migraine headaches. Additionally, about 12 hours before they normally experience, like 12 hours to 24 hours before they ovulate, we start a little sublingual estrogen. We may do it twice a day. It is a very, very low dose, you do not need much. Just to prevent this little fall right here and the same thing happens premenstrually. About 12 to 24 hours before your period starts, we start to use the sublingual estrogen.

You can also use sublingual estrogen as soon as you start to have that aura. The blinking lights, the funny smell you are feeling, the kind of dull pressure that the migraine is coming, maybe a little dizziness or nausea. You can use it then as well. it is every 12 hours underneath the tongue. For anywhere from two to five doses. It may be a day, a day and a half, it may be up to two and a half days that you need to take it. This is by prescription only. You will have to get a prescription for sublingual estrogen.

Hormone Healing Tip #3: Natural Ways to Ease the Pain

There are quite a few things you can do. Primarily, some people are really responsive to pain if they use heat, and others to ice. Most vascular spasm, vascular headaches, will respond very well to ice packs. Basically a cool pack around your eyes, on your temples, in the back of your neck, will help to ease the pain. Another thing that works really, really well is willow bark from which we derive  aspirin. And it helps to decrease that inflammation.

Now, when you combine willow bark with the tiniest amount of caffeine, like in a little dark chocolate, a little tea, even a little bit of coffee, and you do that in the aura phase, in the beginning before the headache actually occurs, you can actually, often, abort the headache, actually prevent it from happening. Caffeine is kind of interesting. While it can be a trigger, it can also be a treatment. So, what the caffeine is going to do is actually cause those blood vessels to constrict a little bit, and that actually weakens that dilation phase that causes the severe pressure of the hormonal headaches. So, now you know what you need to do to try to balance out your hormonal headaches and avoid those triggers and prevent that estrogen withdrawal. But it is not easy if the rest of your hormones are out of balance.

That is why I created the hormone review training for you to discover how to get your hormones balanced naturally. it is free, just click the link at the bottom of this article. Now, tell me, what is one hormone healing tip you might try this week? Leave your answer in the comment section below and make sure you sign up for my hormone reboot training.
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About the Author - Deborah Maragopolous FNP

Known as the Hormone Queen®️, I’ve made it my mission to help everyone – no matter their age – balance their hormones, and live the energy and joy their DNA and true destiny desires. See more about me my story here…

     

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