There are several risk factors that increase an individuals chance of getting a migraine.
Vulnerability to migraines can be genetic: 70 to 80 percent of migraine sufferers have a close family member who also has migraines. Further, children have a 50 percent chance of getting migraines if one of their parents do, and a 75 percent chance if both of their parents parents do.
Women are also at a greater risk. They are three times more likely to receive migraines than men, especially during periods of increased estrogen production. After menopause, a woman is significantly less likely to receive a migraine resulting from hormone production.
A variety of other risk factors exist, including but are not limited to: taking too much medication, an issue with one’s environment, irregular sleep habits, stress, changing weather and poor diet.