Prevalence of migraine on each day of the natural menstrual cycle

Neurology. 2004 Jul 27;63(2):351-3. doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000133134.68143.2e.


Diary data from 155 women were analyzed using within-woman analysis. Compared with all other times of the cycle, migraine was 1.7 times more likely to occur during the 2 days before menstruation and 2.1 times more likely to be severe and 2.5 times more likely to occur during the first 3 days of menstruation and 3.4 times more likely to be severe. This confirms that migraine at menstruation is different from nonmenstrual attacks, even within individuals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Medical Records
  • Menstrual Cycle*
  • Middle Aged
  • Migraine Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk