Headaches and Menopause: What’s the Connection?

work-stressMenopause marks the onset of a number of changes in the woman’s body. Headaches are a common complaint in this stage of life.

Key takeaways:

  • The majority of women go through menopause between the ages of 40 and 58 years. It is a time that they stop menstruating and cannot get pregnant.
  • Menopause happens through three stages — perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause, each marked by a different set of symptoms.
  • Headaches increase during menopause. Women who suffer migraines will face big challenges throughout menopause.

A 2014 study from the University of Cincinnati’s Headache and Facial Program confirmed that women tend to experience more migraine headaches in the early years of menopause due to the fluctuating hormone levels.

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