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Are birth control pills for catamenial epilepsy contraindicated in case of family history of breast cancer and smoking? i am 41, have catamenial epilepsy, and it's been suggested that birth control pills could help. i tolerate aed's poorly, the side effec

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Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
Birth : Birth control pills are higher risk for women with family history of breast cancer and smoking, as well as age 41. Another option to ask your doctor about would be the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud, which stops menstruation typically for most women.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
No: Birth control pills aren't contraindicate due to your family history of breast cancer. If you are still smoking, they may be contraindicated depending on your age. Be sure to ask your doctor about this. There is a higher risk of blood clots and stroke while on birth control pills. Be sure you understand the risks. It sounds like you might really benefit from them!

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