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How are menstrual migraines diagnosed?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
In order to determine if your headaches are related to your menstrual periods, you will need to keep a headache diary for 2 to 3months. Be sure to record both headache activity and when your menstrual periods occur. You may notice one of these patterns:
  • Your headaches occur only around your menstrual periods: You have
           pure menstrual migraine.
  • Your headaches become more frequent and more severe around your
           menstrual periods, but you also have headaches at other times
           of the month: You have menstrually related migraine.
  • Your headaches don't seem to be any worse around your menstrual
           period. They seem to be scattered randomly throughout the
           month, sometimes occurring with your menstrual periods but
           just as likely to occur on non-menstrual days: You don't have
           menstrual migraines.
  • Your headaches typically occur or get much worse during the placebo
           week of your birth control pills: Your migraines are likely to be
           aggravated by the estrogen drop that occurs during the placebo
           week. Talk to your doctor about modifying your contraceptive
           therapy.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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