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Can using birth control pills make my migraines worse?

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Dr. Andrea Knittel
Dr. Andrea Knittelanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Be careful!: Taking the pill can make migraines better, worse, or may not affect them at all. Taking the pill may increase your risk of making blood clots. If you have migraines, ask your md about other forms of birth control before starting the pill . Inform her/him of any family history of clotting disorder, stroke, heart attack , lung clots.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Possibly: Women who have common migraines (without an aura) usually don't have an increased frequency of migraines with birth control pills, but occasionally then can. Let your dr know if so. Women who have migraines with an aura (flashing lights, vision changes) just before a headache should not take birth control containing estrogen because there is a higher risk of having a stroke.

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