Courtney T, Actual Nurtec ODT Patient

Courtney T

Actual Nurtec ODT Patient

Menstrual Triggers for Migraine

Breaking down common menstrual triggers

“Whenever my cycle comes, I can always count on two things: cravings and migraine attacks. The good news is, my doctor prescribed me Nurtec ODT to help me with my migraine attacks.”

Individual results may vary.
Patients were invited to share their experiences on Nurtec ODT.
All content was accurate at the time of publication.

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What are menstrual triggers?

Some people may notice the timing of their period and migraine attacks are in sync. When you’re on your period, your hormone levels are constantly fluctuating, which can trigger a migraine attack. If you think your migraine attacks could be due to hormonal changes around the time of your period, start keeping a journal to record your symptoms and their timing so you can discuss them with your doctor.

Nearly 2 out of 3 women with migraine experience attacks while on their period

If you know the pain of migraine while being on your period, you’re not alone. Get ahead of migraine attacks triggered by menstruation with a few helpful tips.

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How does estrogen affect migraine?

Fluctuations in hormones — specifically estrogen — throughout different stages in life, can bring about new migraine symptoms and changes in symptom severity.

During Menstruation

Two days before your period and in the first three days after it starts, you may experience migraine attacks which are likely triggered by hormonal changes related to menstruation.

This is due to changing estrogen and progesterone levels, resulting in longer and more intense attacks.

During Pregnancy

Many people have reported that their migraine symptoms improved during pregnancy, most notably during the last six months.

After giving birth, hormone levels either increase or decrease which can intensify migraine attacks.

Changes in hormone levels & migraine

Changes in hormone levels can directly affect migraine severity. Take a look at how different hormonal stages can affect migraine symptoms.

1. Perimenopause

Perimenopause is the stage right before your body begins menopause.

As your hormones fluctuate and estrogen levels drop, your periods become more irregular. This can result in longer and more intense migraine attacks.

2. Menopause

Menopause is the stage right after perimenopause.

Your periods will stop permanently after your estrogen levels go through a sudden decline at the end of perimenopause.

Once you enter menopause, hormone levels become stable and remain low. Many people find that their migraine attacks become less frequent or go away completely once their periods stop.

3. Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) which usually contains estrogen and progestin, can be used to treat symptoms brought on by menopause.

HRT for treating menopause raises estrogen levels, which may cause migraine symptoms to get worse. On the other hand, research shows that HRT can reduce the frequency of attacks in people with migraine who are triggered by fluctuations in hormone levels.

People on HRT for gender-affirming therapy may experience a change in the frequency or severity of their migraine attacks.

Any time I have a stressful exam or my period is coming up, I know I have Nurtec ODT in case of a migraine attack.

Ellie W, Actual Nurtec ODT Patient

Ellie W

Actual Nurtec ODT Patient

Individual results may vary.
Patients were invited to share their experiences on Nurtec ODT. All content was accurate at the time of publication.

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