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Are Headaches a Symptom of Menopause?

Are Headaches a Symptom of Menopause?


Headaches can be a symptom of menopause.

More Info: During menopause, magnesium levels often decrease which in some can cause headaches.  Some studies suggest that taking magnesium supplements can help to alleviate headaches.  Hormone replacement therapy may be another option, as this will also help to maintain magnesium levels.

What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?

The symptoms of menopause are menstrual irregularity, hot flashes, which are sensations of heat spreading from the upper part of the body into the neck, face and upper arms, headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, bloating in the abdomen, vaginal itching and dryness, with discomfort during sexual intercourse, breast tenderness, mood swings, insomnia and fatigue.

These symptoms are largely due to the decrease of female hormones in the blood, and vary among women. Some women display many of the symptoms, and some display few. Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 50.

What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), also called menopausal hormone therapy, is the medically supervised replacement of reproductive hormones. Although the body ceases to produce estrogen and progesterone after menopause, prior to and during menopause the body produces erratic levels of these hormones. Symptoms such as irregular periods, vaginal dryness, mood swings and hot flashes typically occur and can be relieved by Hormone Replacement Therapy. HRT also may protect against osteoporosis. However, HRT increases the risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. For this reason, the lowest effective dose should be used for the minimum time necessary to control disruptive symptoms.



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