Half of women in their teens struggle with headaches or migraines Sciencenorway

A quarter of women between the age of 16-24 report suffering of headaches and migraines. This is an increase over the 30% that answered the same question in 2002.

The figures taken from Statistics Norway (SSB) show that up to 31 percent of those of the same age group feel they suffer from pain in their bodies.

The figures are included in the report “Women’s health and life in the past twenty decades” (link to Norwegian) that SSB is preparing for Ministry of Health and Care Services. Ministry of Health and Care Services. The measurement was conducted over three months in the year 2019.

Health problems

Young women today are in less health problems than women who were the same age two decades ago. While 90 % of women aged between 16-24 claimed that they were healthy in 2002, that percentage was 87 percent in 2019, as per SSB.

“Although many people believe they’re in good health There are women who claim that they’re afflicted by signs such as nausea, headaches, sleep difficulties and other body pains,” senior adviser Elin Skretting Lunde tells.

The report also indicates that 26 percent of women in their teens reported having problems sleeping in 2019 while 23 per cent of them had serious mental health issues.


Health and wellness at school

“Some of the difficulties young women face are likely related to stress at school as well as pressures and pressure relating to appearance and body. The severity and growth of these conditions must be considered in light in the context of ever more teenagers are suffering with mental health issues,” Skretting Lunde says.

Between the ages of 25 and 44, 85 percent reported being in excellent health in 2019 while 6 percent reported their health as poor. There are also many within this age range with chronic discomfort and pain.

43 percent said they suffered from persistent or frequent headaches and 37 percent were concerned about body pain. There is an increase in the past 20 years.

The study also indicates that women who are not married have worse health than those in relationships.


Translation by Alette Bjordal Gjellesvik.

Check out for yourself the Norwegian edition of this piece at forskning.no