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Estrogen and Migraine Headaches

Estrogen and Migraine Headaches

Does estrogen benefit or exacerbate migraine headaches? Common knowledge in the medical literature is that estrogen may increase the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. This has not been our experience. Estrogen is a vasodilator.  And, therefore, should prevent the constricted phase of migraine headaches. So let me tell you a clinical story.  A 52-year-old postmenopausal female patient went to see her gynecologist. On pelvic ultrasound her endometrial (uterine lining) thickness was 4 mm. At her age a “normal” endometrial…

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