Health Menstrual migraine: it’s not just in your head

Menstrual migraine: it’s not just in your head

Once dismissed by doctors as imaginary, premenstrual syndrome or PMS is today accepted as medical fact.

Now a team from The university of Newcastle is investigating the possibility that migraines some women experience around period time could also be linked to blood vessel function in the brain.

Researcher Dr Rachel Wong says women are three times more likely than men to experience migraine and up to 10 per cent report suffering the debilitating headaches around the time of their period.

“Despite how common this condition is, research surrounding menstrual migraine is scarce and treatment options are limited which is very unfortunate for sufferers,” Dr Wong says.

“Studies have shown that menstrual migraines appear to be more painful, more recurrent and more resistant to treatment compared to regular migraines.”

The team will test the theory menstrual migraines are linked to fluctuating hormone levels and poor blood vessel function, a condition that can also lead to stroke and heart disease.

Results could help develop better treatments.

(The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. Please see your medical professional for information tailored to your personal circumstances.)

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