21. Management of Headache in Women

  1. Matthew S. Robbins MD,
  2. Brian M. Grosberg MD and
  3. Richard B. Lipton MD
  1. Elizabeth W. Loder1,
  2. Dawn C. Buse2,
  3. Vince Martin3,
  4. Luzma Cardona1 and
  5. Dawn A. Marcus4

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118678961.ch21



How to Cite

Loder, E. W., Buse, D. C., Martin, V., Cardona, L. and Marcus, D. A. (2013) Management of Headache in Women, in Headache (eds M. S. Robbins, B. M. Grosberg and R. B. Lipton), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118678961.ch21

Editor Information

  1. Montefi ore Headache Center, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Bronx, NY, USA

  3. 3

    University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

  4. 4

    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654729

Online ISBN: 9781118678961



  • women;
  • headache;
  • menstrual migraine;
  • hormones;
  • contraception;
  • pregnancy;
  • stroke;
  • menopause;
  • breast-feeding


This chapter reviews selected topics of importance in treating female patients with recurrent headache problems, especially migraine, and is organized according to stages of the female reproductive life cycle. These are: 1) menarche and the onset of sexual maturity, a period when decisions about contraception must be made and when menstrually connected headaches may become apparent; 2) the reproductive years, during which the interaction between pregnancy and headache disorders must be considered; and 3) the peri- and post-menopausal years, during which decisions must be made about the use of hormone replacement therapies weighing the risks and benefits of headache treatments in the context of coexistent medical problems.