Menstrual or hormonal migraines are the result of 1) estrogen-induced high histamine, and 2) altered levels of neurotransmitters when both estrogen and progesterone drop at the end of the cycle.
Natural treatments for hormonal migraines include oral micronized progesterone and magnesium. The synthetic estrogen and progestins of hormonal birth control are usually not a good idea.
Looking for a simple solution for period and hormone problems? Consider the humble mineral zinc.
Zinc is an important nutrient for women’s health and is effective treatment for acne, PCOS, period pain, vaginal dryness, and many other symptoms.
As I discuss in my new book Hormone Repair Manual, iodine helps with breast pain, premenstrual mood symptoms, and the prevention of ovarian cysts. It works by promoting healthy estrogen metabolism, down-regulating estrogen receptors, and stabilising estrogen-sensitive tissue including breasts, uterus, ovaries, and the brain.
Iodine’s anti-estrogen effect makes it one of the best treatments for estrogen excess or “estrogen dominance,” although I don’t use that term.
Body-identical or bioidentical progesterone is a viable treatment for women’s health conditions such as PCOS, PMDD, migraines, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and perimenopause.
Progesterone is called oral micronized progesterone and requires a doctor’s prescription. Brand names include PrometriumⓇ, UtrogestanⓇ, TevaⓇ, and FamenitaⓇ, depending on your country. Alternatively, progesterone cream is available over-the-counter in some countries and can help with mild symptoms but is generally not as effective as capsules.
Here’s what you need to know.
Too much testosterone can cause insulin resistance and abdominal weight gain in women.
That’s why androgen excess is a factor in the weight gain associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopause, and some types of birth control.