Why Sex and Gender Matter in Migraine

Published 9/18/18

A migraine attack is not just a headache, and not all migraine attacks are the same. The symptoms, length and frequency of migraine attacks can vary from person to person, but we know two clear factors that influence migraine: sex, in the biological sense, and gender — the social and cultural differences in how men and women seek and receive care.

In a commentary in Scientific American, SWHR explains how better understanding of the biological and sociocultural influences that impact migraine will improve diagnosis and treatment for both sexes. The article points readers to SWHR’s report that summarizes the current research on sex and gender differences in migraine, identifies knowledge gaps and prioritizes areas that merit further attention. By addressing these differences, we can help decrease the large health and economic burden of migraine for patients, families, and society as a whole.

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