Information for Women
Your Hormones and Migraines
For many years migraine researchers have known there is a hormone connection to migraines. Our research advanced that by identifying their roles in the timing of migraine occurrences.
Now we can safely say that most migraines occurring in women and girls are caused by how specific cells in the body react to hormone changes - although you may be surprised to learn what kind of hormones are involved.
Body Chemistry - the Key to Migraines.
Migraines occur during times when hormone levels fluctuate in the body. The times in life when this happens the most is during puberty, during the menstrual cycle and even more sporadically during the time of perimenopause (years leading up to menopause) when hormones really fluctuate and may be noticed by such symptoms as hot flashes and night sweats. [If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you get relief with Tuliv Hormonal Peace.]
When the word hormone is mentioned, most women think estrogen and progesterone. Although these are the major hormones, they are not exactly the hormones that cause the migraines to occur. The real villains are what are called "messenger hormones."
They are called messenger hormones because they deliver messages for various functions in the body to occur. For example, the hormones LH and FSH give the orders to start and stop a women's period and time the ovulation. These hormones come from the pituitary gland which is located just under the front part of the brain directly behind the bridge of your nose.
Since periods are regulated by hormones, migraines happen around the high points of the menstrual cycle. Any woman who has had migraine headaches in the days just before her flow starts knows that these days can produce among the worse of headaches - all caused by hormones.
As mentioned, the start of perimenopause is regulated by the pituitary gland and generally begins sometime between the age of 35 - 45 and for this reason migraines become more intense and severe, have longer durations and happen more frequently.
Why Don't All Women Get Migraines?
The reason some women get migraines (about 12% of the population) and others don't can be found in their DNA makeup. In other words, you have inherited a gene that causes migraines. This gene is located within the very cells that receive the messenger hormones and are the same cells that produce estrogen and progesterone.
More Body Chemistry
Certain cells that have the migraine gene operate slightly different than the same type of cells found in women who don't get migraines. These cells produce the hormones correctly but also cause the body to produce a chemical called CGRP that in turn makes the head hurt by causing the tiny filaments of a nerve that is located on each side of the head to become inflamed with pain. This is what is felt as a migraine headache and why it forms on one side of the head and the pain feels like it moves forward behind the eyes.
Hormone Patterns Become Migraine Patterns
We discovered most of the aforementioned while studying migraines and went on to map the headache patterns of hundreds of women to realize that there are actually several different types of hormones that can trigger migraines at various times of day, month and throughout high hormone events in life.
These other hormones don't cause the migraines on there own, but rather act as triggers to ignite a headache at 4 AM in the morning or a produce a tension like headache after a stressful day or week.
For more information, see Migraine Patterns.
Best News For Women
Natural Cause - Natural Solution
We are happy to say, by studying the role of hormones in migraines provided the insight needed for the development of the first and only migraine preventive that addresses the natural cause of migraines - our migraine prevention product Tuliv Migraine Defense.
If you have questions about why you get migraines, your migraine patterns, or other problems with hormones, why not give us a call and have someone visit with you.
We did the research on migraines and we are happy to listen to you and answer your questions. We are researchers and migraine experts and not high pressure sales people - you don't have to buy anything to visit with us.
Call 1-866-367-5953 to speak with a migraine expert or just ask us online.