Menopause and Higher Frequencies of Migraine

Findings from a new study offer proof of what women have been telling their doctors: “Migraine headaches worsen around menopause," said Vincent Martin, MD, professor of internal medicine in UC's Division of General Internal Medicine and codirector of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the UC Neuroscience Institute. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati, Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Vedanta Research, found that of the nearly 3700 women studied before, during, and after menopause, the risk of high frequency headaches—defined as 10 days of headache per month—increased by 60% in middle-aged women with migraine during perimenopause.

The risk of headache was most apparent during the later stage of perimenopause. Changes in estrogen and progesterone may be to blame. Another culprit is increased use of painkillers, which people usually need as they age, for aches and pains. Approximately 12% of the US population experiences migraine, with women suffering from them 3 times more frequently than men.

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Read a press release on the study, here.

To access the article in Headache, click here.

 

 

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