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Old 04-08-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Estrogen Supplements for Migraines?

Hi ladies! I'm currently seeing different kinds of doctors in an attempt to find the root cause of my migraines and other headaches and how to treat them. Some were a result of neck problems that happened over time, but I still really struggle with my menstrual migraines, which are by far the worst. I am on the birth control pill, which really helps me out because I skip every other period to get less migraines.

I've learned that menstrual migraines are caused by a drop in estrogen levels just before one has their period. Some ladies use estrogen patches or supplements during this time to control their migraines. I read that these raise your risk of cancer, and recently I had someone really warn me about that and say it really increases your risk a lot.

If using such a patch/supplement just for a week and not regularly, are the risks still high? What about a lower amount of estrogen in it? Would I likely have other side effects to be expecting?

Ultimately, I want to know if it's worth it to try it or if I should look into changing my birth control to one with a lower amount of estrogen in it. I love my pill, so I'm hesitant to switch to one that makes me feel awful. My mom has felt suicidal on some birth control and I definitely don't want that... I already feel like a lot of my days are worthless because of the migraines and don't want to live like that forever.

I know anything I try has its risks, but I am just looking for what might be a decent option, or anything else as an alternative! I take a preventive medication twice a day for my migraines and have a prescription to take when they occur. It works if taken right at the start of a migraine, but often times I wake up with it in full mode, or I don't get any relief until 2-3 pills, and you have to space them an hour away from each other... so I still have a good while of feeling bad! With time, the neck treatment should help me be less sensitive to even hormonal migraines, or so my doctor says!

Thanks in advance for any help!

 
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