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Women And Migraines

There are 18 million American women who suffer from migraines.

Migraine affects women differently and approximately three times more often than men. The multi-tasking at work and in the home that characterizes so many women's lives means that the impact of migraine headaches on women goes beyond the statistics, and detracts particularly from women's quality of life.

When women suffer migraines, they can't fulfill their roles at home or on the job, and they worry about how their illness affects their families and co-workers. More than one-third of women with migraines have said that the workplace is less supportive for them than for male sufferers. The concern that suffering with migraines will hinder a woman's progress at work is very real and widely felt. Women with migraines often feel isolated from family, friends and the activities they enjoy.

Hormonal fluctuation is often a trigger factor in women with migraines. For instance, as many as 70% of women experience a migraine right before their period, during the time when their estrogen levels are dropping. That may explain why, after puberty, many more women than men experience migraines.

Excerpted and used with permission of the National Headache Foundation

Last updated March 4, 2009




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