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5 Headache Triggers during Menopause

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An imbalance of estrogen and progesterone is often to blame for those awful headaches. However, there are many kinds of headaches with different causes: sinus headaches induced by exposure to allergens, cluster headaches that are a result of a neurological disorder or tension headaches, which are among the most common.

It's easy enough to blame uncontrollable factors like hormones for health problems during menopause, though your own actions could also exacerbate symptoms. Leading an unhealthy lifestyle, with poor diet and lack of exercise may all worsen the severity of symptoms during menopause.

Headache Triggers


Poor Nutrition

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Woman with a platter of muffins: poor diet will aggravate headaches.If  your headaches are a result of hormone imbalance, poor diet will make it harder for your chemicals to balance. Eating a high-fat and high-sugar diet which involves lots of processed and refined foods has a detrimental effect on overall health, which may be felt especially acutely during menopause.


Sedate Lifestyle

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Woman with a backache: headaches can be caused by tension in neck and shoulder.If you don't get regular exercise, you may feel painful tension in your neck and shoulders , which can cause you to feel pain in your head. Exercise is also a great way to relieve stress.



Stress is thought to be a major trigger of headaches. Anxiety, depression, and stressful situations you have allowed to fester can all culminate in severe headaches.


Alcohol and Caffeine

Dehydration can be a major cause of headaches. Both alcohol and caffeine prevent water absorption, so it will benefit many women during menopause to switch caffeinated beverages for pure water or herbal teas.


Unhealthy Sleep

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Whether your sleep is disturbed from night sweats or you just can't turn off your brain, waking up the next morning can involve one groggy, mess of a headache. In contrast, too much sleep may also have a negative effect. It is important to ensure you have the right bed, and a comfortable and supportive mattress is essential to this.


You should talk with your doctor to find out what type of headache you are suffering from. Lifestyle changes, though virtually side effect free, may not be the only treatment you need.

How to Prevent Headaches during Menopause

Hormone fluctuations are the main cause of menopausal headaches. Keep reading to discover natural ways to prevent headaches during menopause

Headaches during Perimenopause

Many women going through menopause report having headaches. Read over the following information about headaches during menopause.

Headache Remedies

Headaches and migraines are often caused by changes in estrogen levels related to the menstrual cycle and menopause.

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