Several factors make you more prone to having migraines.

  • Family history. Up to 90 percent of people with migraines have a family history of migraine attacks. If one or both of your parents have migraines, then you have a good chance of having migraines too.
  • Age. Migraines can begin at any age, though most people experience their first migraine during adolescence. By age 40, most people who have migraines have had their first attack.
  • Sex. Women are three times more likely to have migraines. Headaches tend to affect boys more than girls during childhood, but by the time of puberty and beyond, more girls are affected.
  • Hormonal changes. If you're a woman who has migraines, you may find that your headaches begin just before or shortly after onset of menstruation.

    They may also change during pregnancy or menopause. Generally migraines improve after menopause.

    Some women report that migraine attacks begin during pregnancy, or the attacks may get worse. However, for many, the attacks improved or didn't occur during later stages in the pregnancy.
Jun. 04, 2013