Sex and Gender Differences in Migraine - Evaluating Knowledge Gaps

Rachel A. Schroeder, Jan Brandes, Dawn C. Buse, Anne Calhoun, Katharina Eikermann-Haerter, Katie Golden, Rashmi Halker, Joanna Kempner, Nasim Maleki, Maureen Moriarty, Jelena Pavlovic, Robert E. Shapiro, Amaal Starling, William B. Young, Rebecca A. Nebel

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Migraine is a common chronic neurological disease that disproportionately affects women. Migraine has significant negative effects on physical, emotional, and social aspects of health, and can be costly for patients, employers, and society as a whole. Growing evidence supports the roles of sex and gender in migraine risk, pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and management. However, sex and gender differences in migraine have received limited attention, which can impede advancements in migraine detection, treatment, care, and education. The Society for Women's Health Research convened an interdisciplinary expert panel of researchers, clinicians, and advocates for a roundtable meeting to review the current research on sex and gender differences in migraine. This review summarizes discussions from the roundtable and prioritizes areas of need that warrant further attention in migraine research, care, and education. Examining sex and gender differences in migraine and addressing knowledge gaps will decrease the health and economic burden of migraine for both women and men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)965-973
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • gender
  • headache
  • migraine
  • pain
  • sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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