Stephen: Women more likely than men to suffer headaches

Published on April 13th, 2022 @ 5:34 PM


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Women are more likely to get headaches than men are. Norwegian University of Science and Technology researchers found that six percent of women, or just over one in 20, have a headache for at least half of every month compared to just 2.9 percent of men. The review of the global rate of headaches also concluded that women are twice as likely as men to suffer migraines (17 percent of women versus 8.6 percent of men). Changes in hormones could be one of the reasons women are more affected, as fluctuations in estrogen can trigger them. Researchers also found that people in high-income countries report an increased rate of headaches, though that could be because more studies have been done in rich countries. Study leader Professor Lars Stovner adds, “Women suffer much more than men from the most disabling headaches—migraines and headaches which last for 15 or more days a month. This matters because severe headaches, which are unpredictable and happen often, make it very hard to deal with life’s responsibilities like staying in a job or caring for a family.”

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