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Background

What do we already know about this topic?

  • Migraine negatively affects a patient’s quality of life during and between attacks, impacting their career, social activity and relationships.
  • Previous studies have shown approximately 1% of females with migraine had fewer children or avoided having children, while 3.2% chose not to have children, delayed or had fewer children due to migraines.1,2
  • The American Registry for Migraine Research (ARMR) is a multicenter registry of patients diagnosed by a specialist according to the International Classification of Headache Disorders-3 (ICHD-3). 3

How was this study conducted?

  • The ARMR database was used to identify female patients with any migraine diagnosis who had completed the pregnancy planning questions between February 2016 and September 2019 (N=1112).
  • Excluded patients with trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TACs), secondary headache, painful cranial neuropathies, other facial pain and other headaches.
  • Data was subdivided into Avoid Pregnancy (AP) and No Impact (NI) groups based upon the response to a closed question regarding migraines impacting pregnancy plans.