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Birth Control and Migraines

  • By Yoshimom

    Has anyone found a correlation between birth control and their headaches? I currently have Skyla IUD and I think my headache frequency increased after insertion in 2010. Also, it appears that all the paraguard is the only hormone free birth control . Please let me know you’ve tried it, Thanks.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Yoshimom,

    Thank you for your question. I’m not taking birth control, so don’t have any personal experience for you. I can however tell you it’s possible to see an increase in migraine attack frequency when using birth control. Here is an article regarding birth control and migraine; https://migraine.com/blog/birth-control-migraine-prevention/.

    If you are experiencing migraine attack around your cycle, you may want to discuss taking Frova with your doctor. You can read more here; https://migraine.com/blog/short-term-option-for-migraine-prevention-frova/.

    Nancy

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  • By taliaskelton

    I am 19 and have been on the combined pill for exactly a week so far and have had no side effects until this morning when I experienced a migraine. My peripheral vision in my right eye went cloudy for about 20 minutes and then the pain started and my head has been throbbing for about 2 hours now. Although the pain has subsided considerably, I can still feel a dull ache behind my eyes.

    I assumed it was just the hormone changes in my body from my birth control and I rang a doctor to check who told me to make an appointment to have it checked but I have had migraines before so it felt just like that and I don’t particularly want to see a doctor just yet.

    I was just wondering if anybody else had experienced anything similar? Would really put my mind at ease!

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  • By taliaskelton

    my doctor has just emailed me and told me to stop taking the pill immediately until i have had a check up but i am sure it is just a migraine and is harmless, but i don’t really know what to do

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi taliaskelton,

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It may be hormonal changes are triggering a migraine attack but if it were me, I’d follow my doctors instructions and have a check up as he suggested – better safe than sorry!

    Please keep us posted on how you are feeling,
    Nancy

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