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:
- 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.
Marcus, Dawn A., MD; Bain, Philip A., MD. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit. New York, New York. DiaMedica Publishing. 2011.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.