headaches may be an age old excuse for wives, but women really are more prone to pounding heads according to a new study.
women were three times more likely to see their gp about symptoms compared with men, researchers found.
and while women aged 45 to 54 were more likely to be prescribed s pills than men of the same age, women aged 15 to 24 were those most likely to seek help from their doctor for the problem.
common causes of s are stress, poor , bright sunlight and foods such as cheese and red wine.
they are one of the top 10 reasons people visit their doctors and account for one fifth of sick days from work.
the team from king's college london, nine years' worth of consultations and referrals to s up to the year 2000 at 253 general practices in the uk.
they found 6.4 per cent of consultations were for s for women, compared with 2.5 per cent for men.
dr martin gulliford, from the division of health and social care at king's college said: "patterns of treatment clearly differ between men and women. prescribing rates for are high for women of middle age.
"while women are more likely to be prescribed medication to prevent future attacks of , men are more likely to be referred to a for investigation."
the study was published in the journal of neurology neurosurgery and psychiatry.