Advertisement

Do migraine headaches run in families?

Steven A. Meyers, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Migraines do run in families. Having a parent or other close relative with migraine increases your risk of developing migraine.
Angela Lowery
Family Medicine
Yes, migraines do generally run in families. Migraines occur more often in women than men.

Migraine headaches are hereditary. Consequently, if you have family members who have migraine headaches, your risks are higher based on hereditary factors. Migraine headaches can begin at any age; however, the headaches generally occur in people under 40 years of age and become considerably less painful after age 50.

Continue Learning about Migraine Headache Causes

What causes postdrome phase?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
The postdrome phase occurs as the very last phase of a migraine headache. The migraine is initiated ...
More Answers
What effect does menopause have on migraine headaches?
Riverside Center for NeurosciencesRiverside Center for Neurosciences
If your migraine headaches are closely linked to your menstrual cycle, menopause may make them less ...
More Answers
Can Children Get Migraines?
Can Children Get Migraines?
What Types of Medication Might be Prescribed for Migraine?
What Types of Medication Might be Prescribed for Migraine?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.