Menstrual migraines are triggered by the hormonal changes that occur during menstrual period. Pregnant women and those in the menopausal period also suffer menstrual migraines. To some women, menstrual migraine is so debilitating that it affects their daily lifestyle. Fortunately, migraine induced by menstrual cycle is easy to treat. Here are a few tips.
- Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, are effective in relieving menstrual migraines. These are available over-the-counter and can be taken days before and up to the last day of your menstrual period. It is best not to wait for the headache to occur before taking NSAIDs, especially if yours happen quite regularly.
- Take prescribed medications as instructed by your physician. Prescribed medications include beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers. When your doctor prescribes you with a medication, make sure to religiously follow his instructions, especially those about the dosage and intervals of intake. Remember that increasing the dosage on your own and skipping a scheduled intake cannot effectively treat your menstrual migraine. If the prescribed medication does not render the desired result, talk to your doctor at once so he can immediately make changes in his prescription and instructions.
- Track the triggers. Menstrual migraine is, more often than not, triggered by external factors. The most common migraine triggers are chocolates, alcohol, and cured meats. Sharp lights and sounds can also induce migraines. The best thing to do is to avoid the triggers a few days prior to your menstrual period. If you don’t know your triggers, determine the food and beverages you took and the activities you did before your period. Avoid them in your next period. If you don’t experience menstrual migraines, they are most likely your triggers.
- Stop your intake of birth control pills. Certain hormones present in birth control pills can cause menstrual migraines. Therefore, it is recommended to stop taking birth control pills before you menstruate. Use estrogen patch instead, which delivers the same result as the pills without inducing menstrual migraine.
- Try natural treatments. Drugs are proven effective in treating menstrual migraine, but if you want to go green, you can adapt natural treatments. Rosemary, for example, is used as an inhaler. A cup of rosemary flower should be mixed with boiled water. Its steam can bring migraine relief. Another natural treatment option is pure grape juice. Two glasses of freshly extracted grape juice concentrate is enough to abort menstrual migraine. Beetroot juice every morning and every night also works as a natural migraine treatment.
- Consider alternative treatments. Aside from natural treatments, you can also try to resort to alternative treatments such as yoga and acupuncture. Both adapt traditional and ancient treatment principles and methodologies to treat menstrual migraines.
Immediately visit your doctor if your migraine is so severe. He can give you medications to effectively treat your migraine. Consult with your doctor as well if you are considering some treatment options. This is so that he can advise you about the possible health implications the treatment options have on your health and condition.