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Are migraines during my period normal?

By May 29, 2008 - 9:33am
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I have horrible headaches around my period. Am I OK? Do most women get headaches like these? Or am I just one of a lucky few?

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(reply to Mia L.)

Thank you for sharing your story. Can you share with us more about your story, and how long you have been experiencing these symptoms? What led you to seek treatment, and did the treatment work?

July 25, 2010 - 12:46pm
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I am right now going through the second day of my period. I have been fighting off a migraine headache. I am totally exhausted, I have had a hot bath, and been laying on my couch all day. I have always had easy periods, but over the last 8 months have been getting headaches just before, and during my cycle. I fear every month. I am very fortunate that I do not work, my husband supports us. I could not work at a job, and go through this every month. I have gone to the doctor and told her about this, she has recommended that I try taking Evening Primrose. But, I have been doing this for a few months, and it is not working. She has told me to come back and see her, if this is not working. Guess I will be making a trip back to the doctor. It gives me some comfort to know that there is others out there are going through the same thing. My heart goes out to all!

April 29, 2010 - 4:56pm
EmpowHER Guest

me too , i am 35 and have terrible migrans just before my period

February 25, 2010 - 11:35pm
EmpowHER Guest

I get migraines every month, like clockwork, near the end of my period. It's almost a guarantee. There have been a few odd months that I am able to elude the horrible experience but rarely and I have not figured out how to stop it, prevent it, or control it. I take Yaz as my regular birth control. I wish I knew of some kind of way to do something about this. It's negatively affecting my job and life.

January 21, 2010 - 4:24pm
EmpowHER Guest

well my mom has her period and she has migraines as well at the same time she has been throwing up and she has nausea i dont know whats wrong do you?

January 17, 2010 - 12:35pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Migraines during menstruation can certainly cause dizziness and nausea...leading to vomiting.

Please have your mom read the previous posts, many with very relevant links to medical experts discussing the link between periods and migraines.

She can also call her Gynecologist, if she continues vomiting during her period.

January 17, 2010 - 2:05pm


It has been a long time since you wrote, and I thought I'd check in with you. How are you doing? How are the migraines? Have you tried any new therapies for them or gotten any relief?

December 11, 2009 - 9:55am
EmpowHER Guest

I was a chronic migraine sufferer after having my children. I researched a lot of information, and after over a year of searching, I discovered that hormones are the big cause of our migraines. After trying many prevention medications, I decided to give bio identical progesterone a try. They claim that after 2 months I would notice a big reduction in my migraine headaches.. I started on the lowest dose, and after 2 months noticed my headaches had almost gone, I was just getting an odd ache, not a migraine. Then, I increased the dose to the next level and within 3-4 months I was migraine FREE!! That's right not one migraine, and I also had a regular cycle again, I went from being 30-35 day cycle to an exact 28 day cycle every month! The other positive I noticed was that I had NO pain or cramping during my period and no migraines or headaches, no light headed feeling, no dizziness, no nausea, nothing...
After being on the cure for over a year, I became confident and reduced my dose, but unfortunately after 2 months of doing so, my headaches returned and I had painfull periods again, my cycle stayed as 28 days, however, the day I got my period and for the entire 5 day cycle I had migraines! So, all I could do at that point was take panadene forte, which didnt help, and just ride it out. I started taking the original dose of progesterone again, and I hope next month I am feeling better. I will keep you all posted and let you know if my condition improves next month! :)

You need to see a women's health clinic or a doctor who specialises in female health and natural medicines, the bio identical progesterone is made by compounding pharmacies. Best way to find a doc who supports this method is to contact the compounding pharmacies and ask them which doctors refer patients for natural hormone replacement therapy.. This is not HRT, and does not cause cancer or any other negative side affects.

Good luck :)

October 25, 2009 - 7:16pm

I have a good friend who has struggled with migraines since she began perimenopause. She is now in menopause but still has them. She keeps a migraine journal given to her by her doctor, which is very detailed in what it asks and records. It has helped both she and her doctor zero in on possible causes and treatments (including acupuncture, which didn't help, different medications, some of which do and some of which don't help, and botox injections in the forehead and back of the neck, which so far seem to be doing some good). I would recommend, from watching her over these years, that anyone with continual migraines ask their general doctor to refer them to a neurologist, who can possibly help get to the bottom of it all, even getting you into clinical trials when appropriate.

Here is a link that shows how to keep a migraine journal:


And here's a planner/journal page you can print out (click on the pdfs):


September 17, 2009 - 8:17am
EmpowHER Guest

Actually I guess mine are considered hevier than normal, because my clots alone in the first two days are more than the "tablespoons" measurement above. Also in those first two or three days of my period, I not only have frequent headaches that sometimes lead to bad migraines with light sensativity and tunnel vision, but they include extreme dizziness and cold sweat, and occasionally a metallic taste under my tongue. It doesn't happen any other time of month to this extreme... strange.

September 15, 2009 - 1:08pm
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