Journal Article
Review
Add like
Add dislike
Add to saved papers

Menstrual migraine.

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Menstrual migraine is prevalent but it is only recently that research has specifically addressed the pathophysiology and management of this disabling condition.

RECENT FINDINGS: For many years, menstrual migraine was a loose term used to describe an undefined association between migraine and menstruation. The introduction of recognized criteria has improved the diagnosis and enabled the study of a more homogenous population of women with this condition. As a consequence, studies have addressed putative mechanisms, particularly the association between oestrogen 'withdrawal' and migraine. It is recognised that other mechanisms have yet to be identified. Studies have confirmed the efficacy of perimenstrual prophylaxis with triptans and physiological doses of oestrogen. Despite robust data from randomized placebo-controlled studies, no treatments are licensed specifically for this indication at the time of writing.

SUMMARY: Recognition of menstrual migraine as a specific entity has resulted in improved diagnosis and increased research into the condition. However, our understanding of the pathophysiology and the consequent development of effective management strategies remain limited.

Full text links

We have located links that may give you full text access.
Can't access the paper?
Try logging in through your university/institutional subscription. For a smoother one-click institutional access experience, please use our mobile app.

Related Resources

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

Mobile app image

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2024 by WebMD LLC.
This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.

By using this service, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Your Privacy Choices Toggle icon

You can now claim free CME credits for this literature searchClaim now

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app