Women are significantly more likely to suffer from migraines, and this fact may be explained by the frequent hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle. The majority of female migraine sufferers are more likely to experience headaches during or just after a period, but a small number of women report increased migraine frequency in the middle of the month (around the time of ovulation). For some women, the solution lies in experimenting with different types of hormonal contraception, but it must be stressed that other women find their migraines worsened by hormonal contraception.
- Grinding your teeth
If your dentist has noticed signs suggesting that you grind your teeth while you are asleep, you are at risk of developing a type of painful jaw joint inflammation called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (or TMJD). This condition can cause pain not only in the jaw but behind the eyes and around the ears. In addition, some migraine patients notice that their migraines tend to be most painful in the areas where their TMJD is causing the most significant problems. A custom fitted bite can be worn to reduce the damage caused by teeth grinding, which can in turn influence migraine likelihood.
- Dietary factors