Menstrual Migraine Headaches

Treatment for menstrual migraine headaches caused by the hormone shifts that a woman experiences prior to and through her monthly cycle. Reproductive endocrinologist, gynecologist, Gerald V. Burke, MD Voorhees, NJ

What are menstrual migraine headaches?

Menstrual migraine headaches are headaches that women suffer the week prior to their period and frequently continue through the first few days of their period. Women can experience head pain that is throbbing or pulsing along with light sensitivity and nausea. Period headaches are more severe than other headaches you experience.


Menstrual migraine headaches are caused by the hormone shifts that a woman experiences at this time in her monthly cycle. These can range from mild ones that go away with Tylenol to disabling headaches that nothing relieves and leave the woman bed ridden.


Who gets menstrual migraine headaches?

Any woman can experience this condition, regardless of age.

  • Teenagers frequently experience these headaches resulting in days missed from school.
  • Women in their 20’s and 30’s experience them resulting in lost days at work and missed social activities.
  • Women in their 40’s and 50’s, going through their change of life (menopause), are also frequently victimized.


These headaches frequently do not resolve with aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen. Even medications specifically for migraine headaches don’t work.

Alternative medicine techniques such as acupuncture fail with these headaches. Women can only suffer through these headaches and wait for their hormones to change with their cycle.


Why don’t these treatments work?

The usual treatments for headaches don’t work because the headaches are not caused by the usual factors. They are caused by the hormones of a woman’s menstrual cycle. And they generally don’t respond to treatment with birth control pills.

Unless these hormonal causes are treated correctly the headaches persist.


Who is able to treat menstrual migraine headaches?

Many patients require the intervention of a Reproductive Endocrinologist/Gynecologist with special expertise and experience in this area. With proper hormonal treatment, the headaches resolve “like magic.”


Dr. Burke has a long history of successfully treating patients suffering from menstrual migraine headaches. Employing his skills and knowledge in hormonal therapy, women’s lives are restored.


If you are suffering from menstrual migraine headaches (or just regular headaches with your period), call to make an appointment to see Dr. Burke.


Your new life begins with the resolution of your headaches.



Call to schedule an appointment. 


Gerald V. Burke, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Infertility, Gynecology & Other Women's Health Issues. Voorhees, New Jersey

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