Health Tip: Getting Menstrual Migraines

Cramps are a better-known symptom of a woman's period, but about 20 percent of women are also prone to migraine headaches during menstruation.

The Office on Women's Health suggests seeing a doctor if you have any of these symptoms during menstruation:

  • Your headaches change.
  • Treatments that once worked no longer help.
  • You have side effects from your medicine.
  • You take hormonal birth control pills and have migraine with aura (seeing bright flashing lights or spots that aren't real).
  • Your headaches become worse when you lie down.

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