A migraine is no ordinary headache. It is a debilitating experience that can last anywhere from four long hours to a staggering three days. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea, blurred vision, and hypersensitivity to light, smell, or sound.
Another unusual thing about migraines: they overwhelmingly affect women. Studies find that 85% of people who suffer from migraines are female.
It has long been assumed that hormones play a role in migraines, and the female sex hormone estrogen, in particular, has long been linked with the occurrence of migraines. A recent study, published in the journal Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, has found that female sex hormones sensitize the triminovascular nerve, a cranial nerve that has long been associated with migraines.
The study’s researchers found that increased levels of estrogen sensitize the trigeminal nerves to migraine triggers, which explains why higher estrogen levels are associated with increasing the incidence of migraines.
The female sex hormone prolactin also interacts with the trigeminal nerve cells. However, prolactin is associated with increasing the severity of migraines once they occur.
And male sex hormones? The researchers found that testosterone actually plays a protective role against migraine headaches.
The current research was not conducted on humans, however; future clinical studies will show how manipulating the levels of these hormones affect migraine incidence and severity. The results may allow clinicians to provide personalized hormonal therapy for migraines, granting much-needed relief for those who suffer.
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