A member asked:

7 years ago i had an episode diagnosis as a complicated migraine (aphasia, right side numb, holes in vision). no episodes since then. is it safe for me to take low dose oral contraceptives? i've been told yes and no.

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Ashley Brundrett answered

Specializes in General Practice

OCP's and migraines: There are various contraindications to using estrogen-containing birth control methods due to the risk of blood clots. One includes migraine with aura. While there is no consensus in the guidelines regarding whether estrogen-containing contraception is contraindicated, many suggest using a progestin-only method or barrier contraception. You can discuss your options with your primary care doctor.

Answered 3/8/2015


Dr. Richard Margolies answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Yes: There are so many causes of complicated migraine that you should not exclude any specific possibilities. If you have a concern, initiate new meds with the oversight of a qualified neurologist.

Answered 10/3/2016



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