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Migraines and Gender-Affirming Care

  1. Hormones and Migraines: While hormone therapy can affect migraines, this should not deter individuals from pursuing gender-affirming care. Each person’s response to hormone therapy is unique, and changes in migraine patterns can vary.
  2. Migraine with Aura Explained: Migraine with aura is a type of migraine characterized by specific warning signs or visual disturbances before the headache begins. These can include seeing flashes of light or experiencing blind spots.
  3. Stroke Risk: It’s important to note that migraine with aura is linked to a slightly increased risk of stroke. However, this risk is present in both transgender and cisgender individuals. The overall risk remains very low.
  4. Monitoring and Managing Migraines: If you have migraines, it’s vital to monitor them closely, especially if you’re undergoing hormone therapy. Keep track of any changes in frequency, intensity, or patterns of your migraines.
  5. Seeking Medical Advice: If your migraines worsen or change significantly, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider. They can help manage your migraines effectively alongside your gender-affirming treatment.
  6. Migraines Shouldn’t Halt Transition: Having migraines doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t transition. The decision to undergo gender-affirming care should be based on your individual needs and goals, balancing overall health considerations with your personal journey towards gender affirmation.

Balancing the Benefits and Risks:

In thinking about gender-affirming care, remember it’s about what feels right for you. Health conditions might change with or without gender-affirming treatments, and that’s okay. What matters most is how you feel about transitioning. Weigh up the medical pros and cons, and consider the emotional and psychological impact. There are risks and benefits to both transitioning and not transitioning. Your choice is all about balancing these factors with your happiness and sense of self. It’s your journey, and the path you take should reflect your true self.


Updated on January 12, 2024

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