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Terrible Migraines: Is it birth control pills? Allergies? A bad spell?

My brain has had a rough month. I've had brief reprieves, but most of my time has been occupied by terrible migraines. I feel better this morning and am taking full advantage of it. I'm in my fourth week of birth control pills. I've been spotting for the last 10 days, which I assume has...

Maybe Birth Control Pills Would Be OK

Talking to Hart about hormonal birth control, migraine and stroke risk got me wondering what my risk really is. If it is low, multiplying the number by eight isn't that big of a deal. Kersti explains this well in her comment on the post: [T]he problem with statistics is that they’re misleading. 8...

Paxil Linked to Birth Defects

In a recent study of antidepressants and birth defects, Paxil was linked to twice as many birth defects as other antidepressants. Company officials are quick to point out that the study doesn't show if Paxil actually had a role in the birth defects, but if I were pregnant, I wouldn't take the risk....

Sorting Out My Hormonal/Menstrually Associated Migraines

As the frequency of my migraine episodes has reduced this year, I was finally able to tell that I always get a migraine the first and second or third day of my period. Today once again provided confirmation. My plan was to try hormonal birth control, like the pill, as a preventive. Researching...

Migraine Preventive Lamictal & the Pill

Lamictal, an anticonvulsant sometimes used for migraine prevention, can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you're using any sort of hormonal birth control (like the patch or a vaginal ring) and are prescribed Lamictal, consider using a back up method of birth control. 12/14/05:...