Migraine and Monthly Cycle

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9caratyellowgold Tue 05-May-20 12:12:54

I have very severe migraines and they are strongly related to my monthly cycle. I think I'm unusual though in that it's Day 7-14 (days 7-10 in particular) that are the worst days for me. I know lots of women experience hormonal migraine but it's usually the last days of the month that they experience it.
I'm assuming it's the surge in hormones at that time of the month that's causing them. I'm considering trying contraceptives to see if they could help. I was warned off the combined pill years ago by a GP due to the risk of stroke but my own recent research would suggest that this isn't an issue for me as I don't have aura with my migraines. I have tried the progesterone only pill a couple of times but they made me horribly exhausted all the time. Maybe I should try a combined pill? Or is there some other hormonal treatment I could try?
Any suggestions or experiences welcome smile.

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9caratyellowgold Tue 05-May-20 21:04:16

Bump smile

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RHTawneyonabus Tue 05-May-20 21:08:59

I don’t know but I’ve recently twigged that my migraines seem dependent on my cycle, so will be watching with interest.

9caratyellowgold Tue 05-May-20 21:29:31

What part of the cycle is worst for you @RHTawneyonabus?

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RHTawneyonabus Tue 05-May-20 21:31:54

Just before a period for me. I get them at other times as well. I’ve never had any when pregnant but otherwise a regular sufferer.

Hulksmashed Tue 05-May-20 21:34:47

I get hormonal migraines but they were actually worse when I was on the combined pill, I’d get them whenever I had a pill free week. However, my migraines come either just before, or when I first come on, so different time of cycle to yours

9caratyellowgold Tue 05-May-20 21:46:19

Yes just before migraine seems to be typical but mine are leading up to ovulation. And I didn't have them while I was pregnant either,
It was amazing!

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ifancyagreencard Tue 05-May-20 23:05:35

I'm perimenopausal but still bleeding. For the last 4 odd years, my headaches have been borderline disabling for a few days a month. I tend to get one around ovulation (lasting 36-48 hours) then another one at the start of the "period". HRT patches have definitely helped, along with aspirin and coke. Or the Holy Grail (now that it's back on the market) of Syndol.

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