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What happens to migraine over the course of a woman's life?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Migraine often changes as women move through their reproductive lifecycle. Although many of us may think of being pregnant as our reproductive time, reproductive changes actually begin at puberty and continue through menopause. Hormone levels fluctuate during each of these stages, and these changes in hormones often result in significant variations in headache patterns as women move into puberty, start having monthly menstrual periods, use different contraceptives, have children, breastfeed, and eventually experience menstrual irregularities in the early stages of menopause, and finally experience the end of menses with later menopause.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

Migraines are a common, controllable type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the United States alone. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit helps readers take charge of...

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