Women suffer from a number of health problems that are exclusive to their sex, for example, menstruation. However, although some health problems are common in both men and women, it appears that women might have more of a disposition to certain health problems than men. According to Migraines.org: Migraines in Women, migraines in women are more likely to happen in women than men. These are some of the causes of migraines for women.
Definition of a Migraine
A migraine is more than “just a headache.” Migraines usually affect one side of the head/body with an intense, throbbing pain. The migraine sufferer is sensitive to sounds, light and smells and feels that one or more of these factors is amplified. There are different types of migraines. Migraine sufferers may experience vision loss, nausea, sickness and/or aura. Migraine attacks can last from a couple of hours to several days and can occur several times a week or a couple of times a year (source: WomensHealth.gov).
Migraines do not threaten your health but they can be seriously disabling and disrupting to your daily life if you are a frequent sufferer.
Migraines and Menstruation
According to Migraines.org: Migraines in Women, menstruation is a trigger for 60% of women who suffer from migraines. Migraines can occur at the onset of menstruation, during menstruation or after menstruation.
Migraines and Menopause
Women who suffer from migraines linked to the menopause, often have a reduction in migraine attacks once they go through the menopause (source: Womenshealth.gov). However, this is not the case for all women and some women actually experience an increase in migraine attacks with the onset of menopause.
Migraines and Depression in Women
A recent Women’s Health Study found that women who experienced migraines were more likely to suffer from depression (this Fox News report gives details of the study). However, just because a women experiences migraine doesn’t necessarily mean that she will also suffer from depression.
Stress and Migraines
Women manage a hectic schedule; work, life and family commitments often mean women play several roles in a day. Stress may trigger a migraine attack in women who are susceptible to migraines.
Women and Migraines
According to Womenshealth.gov, three out of four people who suffer from migraine are women. Science Daily reports that brain activity thought to be linked to migraine activity might be a faster trigger in women than in men. Whatever the reasons why women suffer from migraine, it can be a very disabling and painful condition. Consult your medical practitioner for advice on how to manage migraines.
Womenshealth.gov: Migraines, accessed February 27, 2012
Migraine.org: Migraines in Women, accessed February 27, 2012
Science Daily: Why Women Get More Migraines Than Men, accessed February 27, 2012
Author’s personal experience