Sex and Gender Differences in Migraine — Evaluating Knowledge Gaps

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Published 8/1/18

To decrease the substantial health and economic burden of migraine on individuals and society, researchers need to address how the disease differs between women and men, according to SWHR’s peer-reviewed paper, Sex and Gender Differences in Migraine — Evaluating Knowledge Gaps, published in August 2018 in the Journal of Women’s Health.

Migraine is a debilitating neurological disease that is three times more common in women than men. Women also experience migraine differently than men, as women are more likely to have longer and more intense migraine attacks and report more migraine-associated symptoms and comorbid conditions.

This report summarizes discussions from SWHR’s roundtable event with expert researchers, clinicians, and patients on the current state of the science regarding the role of sex and gender differences in migraine. The experts also provided recommendations on priority areas for future research to broaden our understanding of the etiology, presentation, treatment, and care for those with migraine.

To learn more, check out the work of SWHR’s Interdisciplinary Network on Migraine.

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