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Why headaches and migraines are more common during perimenopause

Updated: Jun 5

homeopathy for headaches during perime

Perimenopause is a transitional phase in a woman's life and is characterised by fluctuations in hormone levels. For some women, perimenopause also brings an increase in the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines.

Why do headaches increase during perimenopause?

One of the main reasons headaches and migraines become more common during perimenopause is the fluctuation in oestrogen and progesterone levels.

Oestrogen, in particular, plays a significant role in headache patterns. Throughout a woman's menstrual cycle, oestrogen levels rise and fall, and these fluctuations can trigger headaches and migraines.

During perimenopause, these hormonal changes become more erratic, leading to an increased number of headaches.

How does a change in oestrogen make headaches more frequent and severe?

As women approach menopause, oestrogen levels gradually decline. Lower oestrogen levels can lead to the dilation of blood vessels, which is a common trigger for migraines.

The drop in oestrogen can affect the brain's neurotransmitters, including serotonin, which can cause a migraine to develop.

This hormonal instability can make migraines more frequent and severe during perimenopause.

How does a change in progesterone make headaches more frequent and severe?

Progesterone levels also decrease significantly during perimenopause.

This reduction can lead to increased anxiety and stress, both of which are known triggers for migraines.

The imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone further increases the likelihood of headaches.

What medication is prescribed for perimenopausal headaches?

Menopausal women experiencing headaches and migraines may be prescribed various medications to manage their symptoms.

The choice of medication often depends on the severity and frequency of the headaches, as well as the overall health profile.

Commonly prescribed medications for menopausal headaches and migraines include HRT, migraine-specific medications such as Triptans and Ergotamines. Pain relievers are also commonly prescribed and include non-steroidal anti-infammatory drugs (NSAIDS), Acetaminophen, and combination analgesics. Preventative medications include anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, beta-blockers, and calcium channel blockers.

A holistic approach to perimenopausal headaches

While conventional medicine offers treatments to manage these headaches, many women are turning to homeopathy for a natural and holistic approach.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine based on the principle of “like cures like.” It uses highly diluted, natural substances to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.

The remedies are bespoke, and takes into account specific symptoms, overall health, and emotional state.

Why homeopathy for perimenopausal headaches

1. Tailored Treatment:

Homeopathy tailors treatment to your unique symptoms and health profile. This personalised approach can be effective, as it addresses the specific hormonal imbalances and associated symptoms that each woman experiences.

2. Balancing Hormones:

Homeopathic remedies aim to restore the body’s natural balance. By targeting the root cause of hormonal fluctuations, homeopathy may reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches during perimenopause.

3. Gentle and Non-Invasive:

Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted and gentle, making them a safe option for many women and a good choice for those seeking a natural approach.

4. Holistic Approach:

Homeopathy considers the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of health. This holistic perspective is beneficial during perimenopause, a time when women often experience emotional and psychological symptoms alongside physical ones.

Integrating homeopathy into your routine

To get the most out of homeopathic treatment for perimenopausal headaches, consider the following tips:

  • Consult a Qualified Homeopath:  A professional homeopath can provide a personalised treatment plan based on a thorough assessment of your symptoms and overall health.

  • Maintain a Symptom Diary:  Keep track of your headaches, including their frequency, intensity, and possible triggers, can help your homeopath tailor the treatment to your specific needs. You can download a chart to help you with record keeping for your headache.

  • Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle:  Complement homeopathic treatment with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management techniques such as yoga or meditation.

  • Stay Hydrated and Get Adequate Sleep:  Proper hydration and sufficient rest are crucial for overall well-being and can help reduce the frequency of headaches.

Homeopathy offers a natural approach to managing headaches during perimenopause by addressing the underlying hormonal imbalances.

With its gentle, holistic, and personalised treatment, homeopathy can provide relief from the distressing headaches that many women experience during perimenopause.


Is homeopathy for you?

Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues, including for headaches and migraines. If your migraine or headache is stopping you from getting on with your life, feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.

Next steps

If you would like to speak to me about how homeopathy may help with your migraine or headache I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.

I am always happy to hear from you.

Naziana x

Homeopath for Women's Health offering Homeopathy for Menopause


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