Cyclical hormonal headaches: What is it? Why does it happen?

From the drop in Estrogen levels to hormonal changes, here are a few reasons why cyclical hormonal headaches happen.

Published on May 24, 2024 05:41 PM IST 6 Photos

Cyclical hormonal headaches refer to the period headaches that happen during the time of menstrual cycle. "Did you know that hormonal fluctuations during your menstrual cycle can impact the occurrence of headaches? The most common times hormonal headaches occur are during ovulation and right before menstruation begins," wrote Naturopathic Doctor Corina Dunlap. Here are a few reasons why cyclical hormonal headaches happen.(Unsplash)

During the menstrual cycle, the levels of Estrogen and Progesterone levels change, leading to changes in the bodily systems. (Unsplash)

Estrogen has neuroprotective effects and is important for the regulation of neurotransmitters and blood vessels. The drop in estrogen levels just before menstruation is responsible for causing headaches. (Unsplash)


Decrease in estrogen levels causes blood vessels in the brain to constrict, further affecting blood flow. This is also responsible for headaches. (Unsplash)

Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can trigger immune responses and promote inflammation. This can also lead to headaches. (Unsplash)