July 15th 2014 20:57
So, the American Headache Society just had their 56th Annual Scientific Meeting! First, I would just like to say, Wow! I had no idea they have been around as long as I have been! Second, women, yes, it is all in your head, but in this case, there is validation, it's real.
"Ours is the first study to demonstrate that the frequency of migraine attacks increases during the menopausal transition," said first author Vincent T. Martin, M.D., Co-director of the University of Cincinnati Headache and Facial Pain Program and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati.
research was conducted as part of the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study, a longitudinal mailed questionnaire survey of 120,000 US households selected to be representative of the US population. Using data from the 2006 AMPP Study survey, women with migraine aged 35-65 years of age were eligible for these analyses. Women with migraine were classified based on headache frequency into a high frequency group if they experienced 10 or more headache days per month and into a low or moderate frequency episodic migraine group if they had less than 10 days per month. Women were also classified as premenopausal, peri-menopausal or postmenopausal (absent menstrual periods for at least 12 months) based upon responses to the questionnaire.
Of 3,603 eligible women, the mean age was 45 and 34% were premenopausal, 35% were peri-menopausal and 30% were menopausal. Frequent headache (10 or more days per month) was 50 to 60% more common among peri-menopausal (12.2%) and menopausal women (12.0%) compared with the pre-menopausal group (8.0%).
"These results validate the belief by many women that their headaches worsen during the transition into menopause," Dr. Martin said. "We hope that our work spurs researchers to develop novel treatments for migraine during this time period given that many of the headaches encountered are thought to be hormonally triggered."
source: Science Daily