By  Jennifer Nevels, NMD

Menstrual headaches can be a big pain, literally. The definition of a menstrual migraine (a severe headache) is that it comes on 2 days before to 3 days after the period and re-occurs most months. There are different factors that can cause this to happen. The primary issue is related to a decline in estrogen which typically happens for the period to come on naturally, but individuals who suffer with these headaches may be more sensitive to this change.

There are different medications that can be taken to try and ease the pain, but you may want to consider trying a more natural approach first.

Keep track of your period on a calendar or an app. That will help you understand when they are about to hit. Make sure you drink plenty of water, get good sleep, exercise and eat a balanced diet especially the week before as that may help lessen the pain or even prevent it.

Consider trying natural remedies like Vitex, an herb that can help to balance the hormones. Magnesium taken anywhere from 250-500mg a day can relax the muscles and a deficiency has also been associated with another underlying cause to these headaches. Lavender oil can be a great migraine reliever. Try diffusing it in your bedroom or rubbing it into your temples and wrists.

This is information only – NOT medical advice