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Migraines Worsen as Women Approach Menopause: Study

Migraines Worsen as Women Approach Menopause: Study
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By    |   Friday, 22 January 2016 10:53 AM

Migraine headaches may worsen as women approach menopause, according to a new study.

The research — by specialists from the University of Cincinnati, Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Vedanta Research — found the risk for high frequency headache (more than 10 days per month) increased by 60 percent in middle-aged migraine sufferers during perimenopause — the transitional period leading up to menopause.

"Women have been telling doctors that their migraine headaches worsen around menopause and now we have proof they were right," says Dr. Vincent Martin, a headache expert with UC's Division of General Internal Medicine.

The findings, published online in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, are based on an analysis of 3,664 women who experienced migraine before and during their menopausal years.

The risk of headache — and migraine frequency — was most apparent during the later stage of perimenopause. Researchers said that may be due to hormonal changes and medication overuse.

"Changes in female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone that occur during the perimenopause might trigger increased headaches during this time," says Dr. Richard Lipton, director, Montefiore Headache Center and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

But Dr. Martin adds: "Women as they get older develop lots of aches and pains, joints and back pain and it is possible their overuse of pain medications for headache and other conditions might actually drive an increase in headaches for the menopause group."

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