Caring for the woman with migraine headaches. Article

Moloney, MF, Matthews, KB, Scharbo-Dehaan, M et al. (2000). Caring for the woman with migraine headaches. . 25(2), 17-18.

cited authors

  • Moloney, MF; Matthews, KB; Scharbo-Dehaan, M; Strickland, OL



  • Approximately 16% of American women experience migraine headaches. These debilitating headaches cause lost time from family, social activities, and work. Although migraines are thought to be a result of shifting menstrual and perimenopausal hormones, a physiologic connection has not been well established. Despite the lack of certainty regarding migraine cause, several theories have been postulated and a significant amount of literature has been published addressing the management of premenstrual migraines. Fewer articles have been published regarding the management of perimenopausal migraines, which are treated somewhat differently. This article approaches both premenstrual and perimenopausal migraine headaches from a chronic disease perspective, focusing on self-care and the use of prescription and nonprescription therapies. Implications for practice and future research are also discussed.

publication date

  • February 1, 2000


  • Climacteric
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Migraine Disorders
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nursing Diagnosis
  • Pregnancy


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  • 17

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  • 18


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