Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health | Psychological Challenges & Issues for Women | Headache
Headaches and menstruation in college women
Andressa Galego, João Galdezzani, Tayná Suarez, Luiz Queiroz, Marcelo Bigal, Eliana Melhado*
*Corresponding author: Eliana Melhado
Department of Neurology, Fundação Padre Albino, Catanduva, São Paulo, Brazil
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 624 (poster) [English]
Poster [167.95 KB]
54th American Headache Society Annual Meeting 2012, 21 - 24 Jun 2012, P51
To classify headaches as a function of the menstrual cycle according to the Second Edition of the International Classification for Headache Disorders (ICHD-2) in college students.
Prevalence of headaches in female college students is very high. Most students indeed experience some form of menstrually-related headaches. Other forms of headache, including tension-type headaches and idiopathic stabbing headaches may happen during the menstruation period, although not strictly speaking.
Our findings suggest that the ICHD-2 criteria, stating that menstrual migraine can only be classified in women without aura, is correct to classify pure menstrual migraine, but it is too restrictive for menstrually-related migraine cases.
For menstrually-related migraine, we suggest that criteria are either eliminated or revised to be more inclusive. We proposed a classification of menstrual headaches, which is much more expansive.
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