Migraine is associated with higher levels of mood disorders, disability, and more menopausal symptoms in the post-menopausal period

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Migraine is associated with higher levels of mood disorders, disability, and more menopausal symptoms in the post-menopausal period

The reproductive life cycle of women with migraine has always been a subject of interest. Different conditions like menarche, menses, pregnancy, post-natal and menopausal periods are all associated with the different degrees and frequency of migraine. While it is believed that migraine improves after the menopause, it is not true. Migraine is multi-factorial disorder and often considered it to be associated with to the hormonal cycles.

Alterations to the body image and emotions, psychological adjustment to a new phase of life and worries about the higher prevalence of severe diseases and cognitive dysfunction, all these factors contribute towards the reduced quality of life. A very recent systematic review on migraine and menopause identified 22 relevant studies showing that migraine is reported by 10% to 29% of menopausal women. The authors of the systematic review concluded that migraine prevalence remains stable or increases after the menopause.

A study was conducted to assess the prevalence of headache in post-menopausal women. In this study, women who were attending gynecology outpatient services in Brazil was selected. Among them, only those with the non-surgical menopause and no hormone replacement therapy were included. The prevalence and characterization of the headaches was assessed along with traits of anxiety, depression and menopausal symptomatology.

After the analysis of all the characters in 103 women, it was observed that migraine affected 14.7% of the women. Some previous type of headache was reported by 86.2% of the women, but most of them were improved during the menopause; however, headache attacks were still reported. 

It was concluded that there is a correlation between higher migraine disability and depressive traits. It was believed by many women that their headaches, particularly migraine will end after the menopause but unfortunately, this was not in the favor for many of them.

Source:

Arq Neuropsiquiatr.

Link to the source:

http://www.scielo.br/pdf/anp/v74n12/0004-282X-anp-74-12-0999.pdf

Original title of article:

Migraine in the post-menopausal period is associated with higher levels of mood disorders, disability, and more menopausal symptoms

Authors:

Paula Carturan, Claudio Scorcine, Yara Dadalti Fragoso

Arq Neuropsiquiatr.
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