Headaches during period can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose headaches during period, we could:
|Low Female Testosterone||25%||Unlikely|
|Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences||5%||Ruled out|
|Food Allergies||1%||Ruled out|
|Allergic Tension||0%||Ruled out|
Do you regularly have headaches that occur in association with your menstrual cycle?
Possible responses:→ Not Applicable / don't know
→ Only before menstruation begins
→ Only during menstruation
→ Both before and during menstruation
Up to 25% of women have migraine during their reproductive years, with an average prevalence of 16% (11% without aura and 5% with aura). In 60-70% of cases in women, the headaches are related to the menstrual cycle. Attacks that occur exclusively with menses, called "true menstrual migraine", affect about 14% of sufferers. Some researchers have suggested that migraines occurring on a regular basis between days -2 and +3 of the menstrual cycle be considered menstrual migraines; premenstrual migraines occurring between days -7 to -3.
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