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By The Numbers: Estrogen, Hormones and How They Can Trigger Migraines

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By The Numbers: Estrogen, Hormones and How They Can Trigger Migraines

Did you know that menstrual migraine attacks occur up to 2 days before and 3 days after your period begins? It’s usually more severe, but more easily treated with hormone balancing essential oils than other types of migraines.· Approximately 70% of all women who get migraines can predict the onset of a headache around their cycle.

More than half of these women also have migraines at other times of the month.

In the same woman, attacks of menstrual migraine may differ from their other attacks in duration, severity, symptoms, and response to treatment. Estrogen alone is not the culprit. Hormonal fluctuations, and especially estrogen withdrawal, are thought to trigger the attack.

The whole menstrual cycle, not just your period, is associated with biological changes in your body, both physical and psychological. Sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and the physical and chemical processes that go towards producing them, all have a widespread effect on your body.

Some women are more sensitive to the fluctuations within the menstrual cycle. Studies suggest that migraines can be triggered by a drop in estrogen levels such as those which naturally occur in the time just before your period. Factors such as the release of prostaglandin (a naturally occurring fatty acid that acts in a similar way to a hormone) may also be implicated at this time.

Estrogen is often referred to as the growing hormone because of its role in the body.

Estrogen is responsible for growing and maturing the uterine lining. It matures the egg prior to ovulation. Estrogen is produced mostly by the ovaries but also in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands and in fat tissue. It is most abundant in the first half of the menstrual cycle.

If you are prone to menstrual migraines, you may experience them worsening the years before menopause (perimenopause). This manifests itself with intense hormonal fluctuations. Luckily the prevalence and intensity of migraine decrease exponentially during menopause, when menstruation ceases, and hormones cease functioning. Some 67% of sufferers experience a significant decrease during this time. Symptom improvement is dramatic for women who go through natural menopause versus surgical menopause.

If you experience menstrual migraines, the Migraine Miracle Home Care Kit with Hormone Balance essential oils can be the answer to your prayers. Kick migraines to the curb and regain your life!





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