OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains the causes of menstrual migraines and how to ease the pain.
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Dealing with Menstrual Migraines Female: Hey doctors, I get really bad headaches a couple of days before my menstrual cycle. I feel like it's just really severe pain, I can’t think, I can’t concentrate, I can’t do anything. I was just wondering what they are and if there's anything I can do to prevent them? Thanks doctors. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Well she described something that’s absolutely very common, menstrual migraines. And that happens because every month the hormones change, you know they go up around ovulation and they come down. And a lot of women will experience these very real effects of estrogen and progesterone on the vasculature, the vessels throughout your body, but especially in the cerebral vascular up in your brain. Easily taken care for her, you can either just take direct migraine medications, medications over-the-counter like Ibuprofen, or you can take hormones to actually counteract this imbalance of hormones. So you could do it with either a low estrogen, because usually the culprit is estrogen or a no estrogen type of birth control pill, or switch to something else. Dr. Drew Ordon: So birth control pills for headaches. Dr. Travis Stork: For women, in some cases, for menstrual headaches. Dr. Lisa Masterson: For menstrual migraine, and it would be usually a low estrogen one, or one that without any estrogen, because usually estrogen is the culprit in the menstrual migraine, yeah. Dr. Travis Stork: But I have something that I'm wondering that Drew, even you could use, for those who don’t want to take a pill. You could try this, this is called the DE-KA Titan and it's actually FDA certified, no pills obviously. What this is designed to do, this is titanium and it's designed to interrupt pain signals and it's actually they say it could be used for things now like migraines, which is best for other types of headaches but other muscle pains. In some studies, this did help people pain. What I love about it is no side effects, so if you want to try it, why not.