Skip Nav
What to Eat at Every Meal to Lose Weight
Weight Loss
This Is What You Should Be Eating at Each Meal to Lose Weight
Weight Loss
If You're Stuck in a Fat-Loss Plateau, Do These 11 Things to Break Through
Why Therapy Is Self-Care
Healthy Living
Sometimes Self-Care Means Going to Therapy, or at Least That's True For Me
Healthy Living
Need to Shrink Your Budget? These Healthy Meal Prep Ideas Couldn't Be More Affordable
Debloating Foods
Healthy Pasta Recipes That Won't Leave You Bloated

What Is a Hormonal Headache?

Here's Why Hormones Could Be to Blame For Your Nagging Headaches

If you regularly suffer from headaches, you're likely constantly searching for a cure to bring you relief. If you haven't had any luck, it may help to get to root of the cause and determine if hormones are to blame.

According to Healthline, headaches can be caused by various factors, such as your genetics or even certain foods you eat. Fluctuating hormone levels can also contribute to constant headaches — also known as menstrual migraines. While it's normal for hormone levels to change during your period, as well as due to changing estrogen levels during pregnancy and menopause, they can make periods extra annoying. If you're on hormonal birth control, it's highly possible they can also add the nuisance of headaches to the mix.

Symptoms of hormonal headaches can include throbbing pain that starts on one side of the head, sensitivity to light, loss of appetite, vomiting, fatigue, acne, and joint pain. These headaches may also begin with an aura, or the perception of a strange light or smell.

So what can you do if you think hormones are to blame for your headaches? According to Mayo Clinic, you can try various remedies known to treat menstrual migraines, including applying ice to the painful area, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, or even acupuncture.

If you aren't already on oral contraceptives and thus know they aren't to blame for your hormonal headaches, they may end up being a helpful solution. As always, ask your doctor to help you determine what's best for you.

More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
Is the Whole30 Diet Healthy?
Why Therapy Is Self-Care
Is Kombucha Bad For Your Teeth?
Tone It Up’s Katrina Scott on Losing Weight After Birth
What Results Can You Expect From Pilates?
What Is the Clean Program?
Healthy Baking Recipes
Carbs in Popular Cheeses
Cheap Meal Prep Ideas
Life Lessons Learnt Playing Team Sport
What Are Weighted Blankets
Intermittent Fasting Side Effects
From Our Partners
Latest Health & Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds