CDC: Women Twice As Likely to Get Severe Headaches, Migraines

Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from migraines and severe headaches lasting a day or longer regardless of their age or race, according to the latest statistics released by the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

18.9 percent of women surveyed reported experiencing a severe headache or migraine within the past three months. The same was true of only 9 percent of men.

The NHIS–a “household, multistage probability sample survey conducted annually by interviewers of the U.S. Census Bureau for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics”–collected data on 34,525 adults for the 2012 survey.