More than 25% of all women suffer each month from a nagging, throbbing headache. Headaches can vary from regular to migraine. In 8 to 10% of women, the headache experienced during menstruation is more painful and intense than at other times. These attacks can start on the first day of menstruation or two days prior or thereafter. Pain medication does not help. These women have menstrual migraine.
Recognizing and treating regular headaches
- The pain can be different each month. One month it can be throbbing, the next month it's a nagging ache.
- The pain can last for the entire day and is located throughout your entire head and neck.
- The headache disappears with pain medication.
- The pain increases when you do something, but you can still function reasonably.
Get enough rest. Get enough sleep, avoid stress and make fewer appointments. Make sure you have moments of relaxation. Take a warm bath or go to the sauna.
- Relieve muscle tension with relaxing exercises, often taught in yoga classes. When in pain, you automatically tense your muscles, and this aggravates the pain.
- Adapt your diet to get your hormones back in balance. Cold-pressed vegetable oils (wheat germ oil, evening primrose oil and sunflower oil) and vitamin B6 (whole-wheat products, eggs, beans, legumes, bananas, fish, chicken and liver) all help.
- Drink more water. A fluid shortage in your body is likely to give you a headache. Avoid beverages containing caffeine (such as coffee, tea and cola), which act as diuretics.
Recognizing and treating menstrual migraine
- The headache is more intense, lasts longer and is more difficult to treat.
- The headaches come as attacks and are the same each month. They often begin at the same moment. You have no pain between the attacks.
- The pain is throbbing and pounding and is usually on one side of the head.
- The associated symptoms are also more intense: you can become nauseous and even vomit.
- Pain medication hardly.
- The pain gets worse if you do something. You can't function normally.
- Many women take medication or wait until the attack is over. Painkillers are not effective against menstrual migraine. Your menstruation triggers the symptoms. That's why some women benefit from taking the pill. Other hormone treatments and medicines can also help. Consult with your physician about your complaints and ask what they recommend for you.
- Take a walk every day. This can help your migraine. It appears to reduce the intensity of the pain considerably.
- Make sure you have a fixed pattern of eating. Missing meals or skipping meals can provoke a migraine attack.
- Drink plenty of water, at least 1.5-2 liters per day. A shortage of fluid can provoke a migraine attack.
- Stop smoking.
- Keep an eye on your schedule and commitments. Take time out now and again.
Tip: Taking Nutri-Gyn MenstruComfort in combination with lifestyle changes helps relieve physical symptoms during menstruation.