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Migraines and Birth Control Pills

Because of a greater likelihood of strokes, if you have migraines with aura, you should not take birth control pills. 

Even if you don’t have aura, your doctor may not want to prescribe birth control pills if you’re over 35 and you smoke, have high blood pressure or cholesterol, are obese or have diabetes.

How Do You Treat Migraines During Pregnancy?

Avoid migraine treatments during pregnancy. Not only can these drugs affect your uterus, they can also affect your baby.

You might try a mild pain reliever, like Tylenol, but discuss the safety of any drug with your doctor before you take it.  

What Are Treatments for Menopausal Migraines?

For many women, migraines get better once their periods have finally stopped. 

If you're on estrogen replacement therapy and your migraines get worse, your doctor may lower the dose, prescribe it in a different form, or have you stop it altogether. 

An estrogen patch (like Estraderm) can provide even levels of the hormone and may be less likely to worsen migraines.

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on January 22, 2015
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