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Migraine is a common neurological disease that affects 14% of women in the United States. People with migraine disease experience attacks of moderate to severe head pain that are often accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound. If left untreated, migraine attacks can last four to 72 hours.

Migraine disease is three times more common in women than men, placing significant burden on women, as they are more likely to experience longer and more intense migraine attacks and incur higher levels of disability. Working with your health care provider to address migraine symptoms and disease is an important priority for women living with migraine. Whether episodic or chronic (15+ headache days per month for more than three months) migraine, a variety of medical therapies and lifestyle interventions are available to help prevent and treat migraine attacks.

Migraine is part of the SWHR Pain Network, which engages the following focus areas: Migraine and Osteoarthritis.

Program Goals

  • Review the state of the science concerning sex and gender differences in migraine and identify knowledge gaps in the field
  • Create a patient advocacy community to engage and educate women living with migraine and provide them with tools to better navigate their care
  • Develop materials to expand education and raise awareness about migraine for women, health care providers, and policy stakeholders

Facts about Migraine

3 out of 4

people living with migraine are women

1 in 13

women have migraine attacks triggered by hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle


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