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Can birth control pills cause headaches?

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Birth control pills have a mixed track record when it comes to headaches. Some women who get migraines find that hormonal birth control helps treat them. Others find that birth control pills and other hormonal birth control methods, such as the patch or vaginal ring, cause migraines.

From: Medicines That Can Cause Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Learning about Side Effects."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Side Effects."

Mayo Clinic: "Albuterol side effects: Can I avoid them?" "Erectile Dysfunction," "Chronic Daily Headaches."

Harvard Medical School: "Take nitroglycerin to ease and avoid a common heart disease symptom."

British Journal of Pharmacology : "Headache-type adverse effects of NO donors: vasodilation and beyond.

Migraine Trust: "Medication-overuse Headache."

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 30, 2017

SOURCES:

FDA: "Learning about Side Effects."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Side Effects."

Mayo Clinic: "Albuterol side effects: Can I avoid them?" "Erectile Dysfunction," "Chronic Daily Headaches."

Harvard Medical School: "Take nitroglycerin to ease and avoid a common heart disease symptom."

British Journal of Pharmacology : "Headache-type adverse effects of NO donors: vasodilation and beyond.

Migraine Trust: "Medication-overuse Headache."

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 30, 2017

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