Hysterectomy for Migraine? The Numbers Say No.

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • One of the questions asked most frequently is "Will having a hysterectomy help with my Migraines."

     

    The answer to this question is, "Probably not."

     

    Some women do find that their Migraines get better after spontaneous menopause (menopause that occurs "naturally"); some find they get worse; and some see no difference at all. Following spontaneous menopause:

    • 67% of women find that their Migraines get better;
    • 9% of women find that their Migraines get worse; and
    • 24% of women find that their Migraines don't change at all.

    However, when it comes to surgical menopause following a hysterectomy, it's an entirely different matter. Following surgical menopause:

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    • 33% of women find that their Migraines get better;
    • 67% of women find that their Migraines get worse;
    • and a statistically insignificant number of women find that their Migraines don't change at all.

    Migraine experts recommend that women considering a hysterectomy do not proceed if they're considering it only because of their Migraines.

     

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    Resources:

    Marcus, Dawn A., MD; Bain, Philip A., MD. The Woman's Migraine Toolkit. New York, New York. DiaMedica Publishing. 2011.

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    Last updated February 21, 2012.

Published On: February 21, 2012