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What are migraine triggers?
Many factors have been identified as migraine triggers.
The normal hormone fluctuations which occur with regular menstrual cycles
may predispose some women to experience migraine headaches.
Some types of
oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can trigger migraines.
Various foods such as:
Preservatives used in smoked meats (nitrates)
Exposure to strong stimuli such as bright lights, loud noises, or strong
Changes in barometric pressure have been described as leading to migraine headaches.
Not every individual who has migraines will experience a headache when exposed to these triggers. If a person is unsure what his or her specific triggers might be, maintaining a headache diary can be beneficial to identify those individual factors which lead to migraine.