Headaches are without a doubt one of the most common health problems we all suffer from and effect almost all of us at some time or another. Research suggests however that women are far more prone to experiencing headaches than men.
A recent study in the UK suggested that over 5 million women may well be suffering from hormonal related headaches. Menstrual migraines are already well recorded with approximately 2/3 of women suffering from a migraine which is classed as debilitating form of headache which manifests itself in a pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of the head. Sometimes accompanied by sickness, bright light intolerance, and blurred vision along with a disliking of noise.
Over-the-counter painkillers the most common of which are Paracetamol and ibuprofen are fairly effective at treating severe headaches or migraines. There are however alternative methods you can use to treat this condition. Essential oils of lavender applied to bath water is known to relieve the symptoms along with breathing exercises, massage and acupuncture all of which been shown to be beneficial.
In terms of menstrual migraines women are advised to ensure their blood sugar levels remain constant by eating regular amounts of food such as fruit and not letting yourself miss meals or become hungry.
Research has indicated that dietary changes can also help reduce the instances of menstrual headaches. A low GI diet which categorises foodstuffs based upon their effect on blood sugar levels is believed to benefit.