Enxaquecas menstruais - um vaivém a cada mês

Menstrual migraines - a come and go every month

I suffer from frequent migraines, combined with menstruation. It comes and goes every month, sometimes before menstruation arrives, sometimes during and, fortunately, only sometimes all the time. I'm a bit anti-drugs, but I have times when it's impossible to resist taking something.

As I know I'm not alone in suffering from these pains, today I'm going to talk to you about the possible cause of menstrual migraines and what we can do to help alleviate them. While there are other types of migraines, menstrual migraines only appear around the time of your period.

It is estimated that about 10 to 20% of women who menstruate have frequent migraines, many others have already experienced it in some cycle. Symptoms include intense and prolonged pain, which can be throbbing and felt on the sides of the head, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise, among others. The main contributing factor to the onset of menstrual migraines is the reduction in estrogen levels during the menstrual period, which is also responsible for PMS symptoms such as irritability and cramps.

In addition to migraine medication such as anti-inflammatories and tryptophan (serotonin precursor amino acid), hormonal contraceptives may also be indicated (always consult a gynecologist for evaluation). Foods rich in tryptophan (amino acid), such as cocoa, dark chocolate, cashews, almonds, avocados, bananas, dried fruits: raisins, apricots and dates; and foods rich in omega 3, such as fish and eggs, are ideal for these phases.

The natural treatment for migraines includes natural substances with calming and protective properties for the nervous system, such as tansy tea, valerian and ginger.

Careful eating and restful sleep are essential.

Some tips that may help alleviate/prevent menstrual migraines:

  • Do not wait for the pain to become intense to use the medicine prescribed by the doctor;
  • Rest;
  • Avoid places with a lot of light or noise during crises;
  • Decrease the pace of work when the crisis occurs;
  • Breathe slowly;
  • Practicing physical exercise regularly (activities such as walking, meditation, yoga);
  • Avoid stress;
  • Decrease the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

There are no miracles, it is a fact, but we can reduce suffering by trying to prevent more acute crises. Don't normalize the pain, seek medical advice!

At Flow you can find an ally to alleviate some PMS symptoms and help regulate the menstrual cycle, naturally stimulating hormonal balance: Pink Croissant da Ouity

Important: Be sure to seek medical help.
Food supplements should be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle and should not replace a varied and balanced diet.

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