Migraine in Women Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Estrogens
  • Menarche
  • Menopause
  • Menstruation
  • Migraine Disorders
  • Pregnancy

abstract

  • Of the nearly 32 million Americans with migraine, 24 million are women. It is a disorder affecting women throughout their lifetimes, from childhood and puberty through the postmenopausal years. In childhood, before puberty girls are afflicted with migraine at approximately the same rate as boys, but after puberty, there is an emerging female predominance. Estrogen plays a key role in this epidemiologic variation but is not the only factor. There are numerous times when hormonal influences have an impact on migraine and its pattern, including menarche, oral contraceptive use, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Hence practitioners treating women with migraine need to have a clear understanding of these special considerations.

publication date

  • May 2009

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ncl.2009.01.002

PubMed ID

  • 19289228

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 503

end page

  • 11

volume

  • 27

number

  • 2