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Hormonal Birth Control for Menstrual Migraine & Insurance Denials

Despite the Affordable Care Act's required coverage of birth control, some insurers are denying coverage of the birth control patch or NuvaRing, NPR reports. There are a few exceptions to the rule, but nearly all health plans are required to cover all FDA-approved birth control. If you have been...

Birth Control Pill News

Birth control pills are often used to treat menstrual migraine by evening out hormone levels and sometimes to stop menstruation all together. In recent news are a medication that keeps women from menstruating and a tasty new pill. Lybrel, a continuous oral birth control that stops menstruation,...

NuvaRing for Menstrual Migraine: Blood Clot Risk?

Since starting the NuvaRing to manage menstrually associated migraine attacks four years ago, I've recommended it to numerous women who have migraine without aura. The NuvaRing is more effective than birth control pills because it provides a steady dose of hormones, while hormone levels still...

Acupuncture & Birth Control Deja Vu

Two stories on migraine seem to surface year after year: Acupuncture, whether real or a "sham," can help prevent migraines and taking birth control pills can increase migraine and non-migraine headaches in women. Each story is based on findings of new studies and the topics don't seem to be...

Birth Control Patch Warning

This has been all over the news, but in case you haven't seen it, the FDA has issued a warning on Ortho Evra, aka "the patch." It releases higher level of hormones than previously reported, which puts women at higher risk for blood clots and other serious health problems. Hormonal birth is often...