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Sep 26, 2017 — Migraines affect women three times as much as men. If you’re a woman who has migraines, find out how to identify your triggers and what steps you can take to avoid one. On today's Health Minute, women's expect Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones talks about migraines in women.


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Interviewer: Common migraine headache triggers. Dr. Kirtly Jones, what do I need to know?

Dr. Jones: Some people's migraines can happen whenever they want to, but a lot of people have triggers. And the triggers are related to change, so change in what you eat, change in how you've slept, change in your exercise, or in women, change in their hormones.

So try to sleep the same time every day if you can, and try to get the same amount of sleep. Try to eat regularly and not get too hungry. If you get migraine when you have exercised a lot, then try to make your exercise spread out. Some people have photic migraine. Bright light in the morning sometimes can trigger migraines. Third thing that's really important are triggers related to hormones, and women know about that. So menstrual migraine is common.

So smooth out your life, smooth out your hormones, smooth out your sunshine, and I hope it works.

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