Can Hormonal Imbalances Cause Headaches?

Hormonal imbalances can cause severe headaches and migraines and can make your life very difficult. These imbalances are caused by many different factors but can be treated.

Deseré Davis - Writer for AskIris
By Deseré Davis
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published October 31, 2021.

Chronic headaches and menstrual migraines may be part of your normal routine but you don’t have to suffer these discomforts and pains.

Your tension headache could be something not caused by tension, but rather something going on inside your body.

What Is a Hormonal Imbalance?

Hormonal imbalances happen when the body produces too much, or not enough, of a hormone. Even the smallest change can have effects on your body and your health.

Hormones are the chemicals produced by the glands in your endocrine system. They travel through your bloodstream to your organs and tissues and deliver messages on what they must do, and when to do it.

Hormonal imbalances usually happen when your endocrine glands do not function as they should.

Here are a few other causes:

  • Poor diet
  • Diabetes (type 1 and type 2)
  • Being overweight
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Underactive/overactive thyroid
  • Chronic/severe stress
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Birth control
  • Anorexia

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances

There are several symptoms on top of nausea and headaches and dizziness that could indicate that you have a hormonal imbalance.

Fluctuating hormone levels happen to everyone, but if you’re constantly experiencing the following symptoms, you may have to consult your doctor.

  • Blood pressure changes
  • New sensitivity to heat/cold
  • Unexplained weight gain/weight loss
  • Improper sleeping
  • Heart rate changes
  • Increased thirst
  • Long-term fatigue
  • Weak bones
  • Brittle hair
  • Appetite changes
  • Bloating
  • Depression

How to Tell if Your Headaches Are Hormone Related

If you want to know whether your headaches are caused by hormonal changes due to menopause or an imbalance, you should visit your doctor. It is not advisable to self-diagnose this kind of thing.

Typically, hormonal headaches or migraines begin as a throbbing pain on the side of your head. You may also become overly sensitive to smells or light.

You can use magnesium for hormonal headaches as it has been found it can reduce the frequency of headaches by more than 40%. Magnesium supplements can be taken daily.