The Migraine Truth: Impact of Migraine on Women

“The Migraine Truth: Impact of Migraine on Women

– Women with migraine face stigma due to gender stereotypes. As a result, this may lead to late or misdiagnosis, affect women’s ability to fully live, work and contribute to society.

-Migraine is 3-4x more prevalent in women than men.

-Migraine is the leading cause of disability in young women, affecting them during their critical years of education and employment.

-1 in 10 people in Europe are affected by migraine.

-Stigma prevents some women from receiving optimal care.

-Almost 70% of people with migraine do not seek medical advice for their symptoms- many of whom are women.

-Gendered associations and feminization of migraine creates the impression that migraine is a ‘women’s disorder’ further contributing to gender bias and discouraging women to seek help.

-Under-diagnosis of migraine leads to delayed care.

-Migraine may impact women’s careers and work lives.

-For every 1 million people in Europe, an estimated 400,000 days of work or school are lost each year due to migraine alone.

-95% of women with migraine feel that they cannot fully perform at their job due to their condition. There is a lack of workplace policies that provide support for those with migraine, impacting productivity.

This is the migraine truth. It is time to respect women with migraine.

Action needs to be taken to address gender bias- to not only promote positive change for women within all stages of their lives, but will also lead to greater benefit for all those suffering from migraine.

What actions are you going to take?”

Infographic created by The Migraine Truth by Eli Lilly.



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