Quandary of Being a Woman and Having Hormones and Headaches

It is a little known (or little recognized) fact that women experience are more likely to experience headaches than men do.

Science believes that women may have more painful headaches than men, as well. Naturally, there are a number of factors that

come into play when considering an individual’s chances of developing headaches, and the frequency of such problems. Age,

genetics, and family history can all play a role, but for women, there are a couple of other factors to be considered.

Hormone levels and birth control pills (which tamper with current levels or introduce synthetic hormones to the body) are

both possible factors in the headache equation.

As stated, there are several factors that can play a role in someone’s chances of getting headaches. For example, age appears

to be a big factor. The older one gets, theoretically, the more prone one is to experiencing headaches. People with a family

history of being susceptible to the problem are also at increased risk, though whether or not there is a concrete genetic

link is still uncertain. However, women have come to note that changes in hormones can often be accompanied by headaches.

This can include things like certain periods of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and any other times or circumstances that

alter a woman’s usual hormone levels. This includes the use (or overuse) of birth control pills and patches, which introduce

synthetic hormones.

The simple cause of this would be progesterone and estrogen, sometimes known as the core hormones of the female physiology.

The two of them may have an effect on other chemicals in the body, along with a variety of chemical receptors. Among the many

possible physiological compounds that can be affected by the two mentioned above are the ones that regulate and coordinate

headaches in the brain. This usually occurs due to some form of “correspondence” with other chemicals in the brain. For

example, high levels of estrogen and low levels of serotonin have been known to cause headaches in some patients, with the

intensity varying from the mild to the severe. As can be expected, there are times when the synthetic hormones of birth

control pills can also have similar effects.

Of course, just because hormone levels are a natural part of the body and can’t be discarded completely doesn’t mean the

average woman is defenseless against them. Modern medicine has ways of helping treat or prevent, as the case may be the

headaches. Most over-the-counter pain relievers are good ways of combating headaches that come during the start of

menstruation, which is typically accompanied by a sudden drop in estrogen levels. Proper diet and exercise, which are

basically considered to be good for pretty much anything, can also help reduce the intensity of hormone-related headaches

when they come. Proper and adequate sleep can also be critical in this.

What about those who use birth control pills? There are ways to fight off hormone-related headaches for women on the pill,

though the advice may be a tad bit different from those of women who aren’t. Taking a program that has more or less placebo

days can be useful in helping combat the potential increase in hormonal headaches. There are also pills and patches that do

not use estrogen or progesterone, and thus there is no increased risk of headaches.

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