A new study has found that for many women, migraines increased in frequency during the transition into menopause. Lead author Vincent Martin, MD, of the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Vice President of the National Headache Foundation, indicated the findings are not surprising.

Q. I have been dealing with migraines that I inherited from my mother, who got them from her mother, for almost 20 years now. I lose a week of my life every month when I get my menstrual cycle. I've been looking for a way to prevent this without the use of birth control pills because they only seem to aggravate my condition.  When I was pregnant with my son, the second half of my pregnancy was incredible. I had no headaches and never felt better. I should also add that once my mother and grandmother went through menopause, their headaches disappeared. Is there anything that you could recommend?  I seem to do pretty well the rest of the month due to some dietary changes I've made over the past year.

Q. I am a chronic migraine headache sufferer since the age of 15. I was assured that once I went through menopause it would all go away. I have now reached that age, and while they have reduced, I still have at least one migraine per week. However, I now experience another type of headache on a daily basis. This type of headache does not respond to drugs. The pressure I feel on my head when lying down for more than a few hours, no matter what type of pillow or mattress, gives me a headache. This has led to restless sleep and reduced performance at work and even the need to call in sick. Have you ever heard of this? Is this normal for headache sufferers?

One of the most frequently encountered triggers of migraine is changes in estrogen levels. As women progress through their child-bearing years, migraines often are more frequent. As menses cease in menopause, the majority of women experience fewer migraine attacks. However, it should be noted that...