Is There A Correlation Between PCOS and Migraines?

Q:
Is there a correlation between PCOS and migraines?

A:
A migraine headache is often described as throbbing, stabbing or sharp pain that mostly occur on one side of the head. This side can vary for each migraine episode.

Women with PCOS are often ‘oestrogen dominant’, a sign of which can be migraine headaches.

There are several theories and possible contributing factors for migraine among women with PCOS.

  1. In women, hormonal changes are a significant factor. A higher level of oestrogen (‘oestrogen dominance’) can cause migraine headaches.
  2. Other known causes may include food additives, stress, and changes in sleep patterns, alcoholic beverages, and some medications.
  3. Low magnesium levels are also implicated, as this can adversely impact on the relaxation of the blood vessels in the brain.
  4. Subluxations (‘jammed joints’) in the upper neck and middle back are commonly found in people with migraine, and Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help.
  5. Low serotonin (a ‘happy hormone’) has also been implicated.

It is important to seek advice from your health professional if you experience visual problems, numbness, and tingling or speech problems. These symptoms may require urgent further assessment and testing.

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