New research presented at the 56th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society found that the incidence of migraine attack is higher in women during menopausal transition and menopause than in pre-menopause. The findings may assist in the development of better treatments for migraine, according to the study authors.
As it has been observed that migraines tend to worsen during menstruation, the study findings seemed initially paradoxical. Researchers hypothesize that declining estrogen levels that occur at the time of menstruation as well as low estrogen levels that are encountered during the menopause are similarly triggers of increased migraine frequency. Read a news report about the findings here.