Women and Migraines
It's estimated that women are three times more likely than men to suffer from migraines.
"So the incidence of migraines in women is about 18% or so. In men, the incidence is about 6%," said Neurologist Marc Schlosberg.Â
He says the difference may be attributed to monthly hormonal changes among wmoen.Â
"In women, there is a strong association between migraines and estrogen. In particular, it's an abrupt drop in the estrogen level and this occurs towards the end of the period. It can also occur at the end of pregnancy," said Dr. Schlosberg.Â
Experts believe migraine symptoms are likely to be worse among some women taking birth control pills.
"It might just be related to the fact that if you're taking a pill, then you have a level that is going up and down, rather than what you get naturally during your cycle, where it gradually increases over time," he said.Â
The good news according to Dr. Schlosberg is many women report their migraines go away after menopause, when estrogen levels stop fluctuating.Â
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