Menopause and Migraines

“Does Perimenopause or the Menopause have anything to do with my frequent headaches and migraines?”

 A number of our patients are women between the ages of 40-50 years old.

Many of them experience perimenopausal type symptoms including hot flushes, insomnia, night sweats, decreased libido and irritability.

Many also experience an increased headache frequency, which they wonder is also associated with hormonal changes at this stage of life.

A study recently was undertaken to examine the relationship of headache frequency to the menopausal transition in women with migraine.

The study provided good evidence that high frequency headache is indeed increased during the perimenopausal period.

The identification of this increased risk during the menopausal transition is important, in that it suggests a need for effective migraine preventative treatment during this time of a women’s life.

Note: Information on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice.


Menopause are associated with High Frequency Headache in Women with Migraine Prevalence and Prevention Study , Martin et al, Headache 2016; 56:292-305