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Why Do Women Get More Migraines Than Men?

Posted by Migraine Relief Center on Oct 29, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Migraines can attack anyone, but statistics show that women are more prone to migraines than men. Nearly three times more women suffer from migraines than men, and there are several factors that may contribute to the higher rate of migraines in women. Female_Headaches


Many women experience migraines right before or during their periods because of the fluctuating levels of estrogen. They may also have migraine attacks during pregnancy and menopause. Some of these migraine sufferers taking hormonal birth control products have found it helps alleviate their monthly symptoms, while others have discovered that the extra estrogen actually makes their migraines worse. 


Women experience a great deal of stress inside and outside the home, and this anxiety and worry could lead to more migraines. Women tend to be more sensitive by nature, and they may focus on nurturing others rather than themselves. They feel compelled to be successful in their careers, run their families, manage their homes and be there for their friends, and their high expectations may be a trigger that causes the onset of migraines. 

Environmental Triggers

Many women respond to environmental triggers differently than men. Fluorescent lights are known to produce severe headaches, as are weather changes and fragrances. Food additives, such as MSG and some artificial sweeteners may prompt a migraine attack. Women also report getting migraines after using cell phones for a long period of time. 


Weight may play a role in why women are more likely to suffer from migraines than men. Since men weigh more, they do not respond as easily to some triggers, such as alcohol and caffeine. Women are also focused on keeping their weight under control, which can lead to a strenuous exercise regimen and the use of diet pills. These unhealthy weight loss techniques may put the body under enough stress that it results in a migraine.

Personal Products

The beauty industry has flooded the market with new cosmetics, facial creams, serums and other products that are designed to help women fight signs of aging and enhance their natural beauty. Unfortunately, many of these beauty products also contain artificial chemicals and harmful substances that may lead to migraines. To combat migraines that are caused by toxins in shampoos, conditioners, deodorant, creams and washes, women should opt for organic and all-natural beauty supplies. 

Scientists aren’t sure why women are more prone to migraines than men, but there could be many contributing factors. Until they find the answer, migraine sufferers can talk to their doctors about treatment programs to reduce the effects of migraines, prevent migraine attacks and minimize migraine pain.

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