Migraine: Will a Hysterectomy Help?

Migraine: Will a Hysterectomy Help?

The above charts speak for themselves, showing statistically what women experience regarding migraine after hysterectomy.  Just because your migraine attacks are connected to your monthly cycle, it does not follow that a hysterectomy will make them go away.

For more information, check out Hysterectomy and Migraine: What can you expect? and The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit (in the UK).

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  • Joel Templeton May 29, 2013

    I don’t know about this but if it comes down to it…

  • TracEy Hanna May 29, 2013

    I just had a total hysterectomy & I’m hoping the menstrual migraines will be gone

  • Miriam Rubinoff May 29, 2013

    Several years after menopause, my migraines have stayed pretty much the same as they were before.

  • Tisa Law May 29, 2013

    I spoke with my neurologist about getting a hysterectomy for my migraines (yes, I was THAT desperate). He also said that studies show that women who get hysts that have a history of migraines usually have an increase in migraines and that a hysterectomy is not a cure for them. 🙁

  • No. Not at all. I did it. Changed nothing sadly 🙁

  • I was that desperate. I actually went through with it. No success :/

  • Didn’t work for me…

  • Not a cure! If I am not right on target with my shots (every 21 days) mine will start kicking up!

  • Joanne Stride May 29, 2013

    Many times I have asked my neuro for a hysterectomy and he has refused saying that there was no proof that it would improve my migraines. After seeing these charts and reading these comments I’m thankful I never went through with it. All I can say is bring on menopause!!!

  • James Bogash May 29, 2013

    Two things to think about. First, if a women has heavy periods, iron supplementation in the 2nd half of the cycle can work miracles for headaches. Sometimes it can be THAT simple. Second, if there is inadequate production of progesterone (which can lead to menstrual irregularities) you will be short on a neurosteroid called allopregnonalone. This compound is VERY good from the brain. Having a hysterectomy will not likely fix this problem.

  • Jen May 29, 2013

    Best thing I ever did.

  • Theresa Maddox May 29, 2013

    Don’t do it for that reason, it won’t help and then you’ll just end up with more problems!

  • Jack Rosenberger May 29, 2013

    and this does not help me

  • no it makes it worse

  • Kathy Jan 3, 2014

    After a partial hysterectomy and migraines returning (my gyno said the ovaries probably stopped production), he put me on a low-dose hormone patch which helped a lot. Due to the low dose, I’ve been able to stay on it past normal menopause, which is also great.

  • Cindy Apr 21, 2016

    Mine have gotten worse and more intense and more frequent since my hysterectomy in December 2015.

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