Migraine Fact Sheet


Migraine Fact Sheet


This tool addresses common questions about migraine headaches including:

  • What is a migraine headache?
  • What causes migraine?
  • Are there different kinds of migraine?
  • How does a migraine headache differ from a tension headache?
  • When should I seek help for my headaches?
  • What tests are used to find out if I have migraine?
  • Are women more prone to migraine headaches?
  • How is a woman’s menstrual cycle related to migraine?
  • Can using birth control pills make my migraines worse?
  • Can stress really cause migraines?
  • How are migraines treated?
  • I’m pregnant. Can my migraines still be treated?
  • Is taking medicine for migraine dangerous if I am breastfeeding?
  • Can migraine be worse during menopause?
  • How can I treat a migraine at home?
  • What are some ways I can prevent migraine?
  • How are children affected by migraine?


National Women's Health Information Center

Funding Sources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2004
Original Summary: May 2006
Last Updated: 01/15/14

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