More and more people seem to have headaches. I have noticed that it is the most common in the morning, but people attribute it to a part of waking up or not having a good sleep. It could be true, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other possible reasons for that. Hormones in case of women also have an impact on headaches. Some might even notice that it happens when there are some hormonal changes.

When people go to the doctor to find a solution to their headaches, they prescribe some medicine to treat headache symptoms. But they don’t address the cause. To find the root cause is important to treat effectively in the way that there would be a less possibility that this problem could happen again.

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Two main hormones that can contribute to headache symptoms

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone

These two hormones are also an important part in the regulation of menstrual cycle and pregnancy. They affect headache-related chemicals in the brain. But pregnancy, menstruations, and menopause are not the only triggers. Negative effects can also occur from exogenous hormones and antibiotics. You can read more about the negative effect of antibiotics here. A stable level of estrogen can improve headaches, but any changes of this normal level can make the situation worse. In my practice, I have seen that many women have headaches during menstruation. Pain relievers like NSAIDs won’t be an ultimate solution, because you cannot just keep taking pills all your life.

Suggested functional medicine changes for a long-term result:

  • Diet changes
  • Reducing stress
  • Regular exercising
  • Good sleep
  • Appropriate nutrition

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The suggested plan differs for every woman in different stages in their life – pregnancy, older age, during perimenopause and menopause. There might be a need for an elimination diet, stools test for better understanding of gut, organic acids test for the liver. Food and natural supplements, including certain vitamins (if there is a lack of them), are more likely to help. Nobody wants cluster headaches and something more severe like migraines and other health problems. To treat imbalances, especially hormonal, is not easy or quick, but with the right approach, it is possible to achieve good results that won’t just disappear in one day. That also requires devotion from a person to deal with the cause and find the way to oneself committed.