The Mini Pill & Migraines W/ Aura

kelseyfishy Community Member December 07, 2009
  • I get migraines with aura (nonrelated to menstral cycle) and am trying to find a birth control that contains no estrogen. I have seen 4 different nurse practitioners that say it is too high of a risk for stroke. So far my options are

     

    1) IUD/Paragard - which is not recommended because I have never given birth. There is a nurse practitioner that is willing to give it to me though, because of my situation (this is my second choice if the mini pill does not work out)

    2) Depo Provera - which I have heard nothing but terrible things about (weight gain, hormonal problems, etc)

    3) Mini Pill - which I have heard negative things and health risks about (not as effective, lowered sex drive, ectopic pregnancy), but seems to be the best option for me.

     

    Is there anyone who is on or has taken the mini pill? Or someone that has an IUD (Paragard brand) and has NOT given birth?

    I would appreciate any suggestions (brands) or advice. Thanks a lot!

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  • Anonymous
    Jwoo
    Jan. 08, 2010

    I just recently got an IUD in and I have suffered from migraines since I was 14 and Im now 28.  No clue what triggered it.  I started on the pill when I was probably 18-20 yrs old and then my migraines started becoming months apart instead of yrs part.  By the time it was my 2nd yr on the pill it was monthly and I knew exactly which day it would...

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    I just recently got an IUD in and I have suffered from migraines since I was 14 and Im now 28.  No clue what triggered it.  I started on the pill when I was probably 18-20 yrs old and then my migraines started becoming months apart instead of yrs part.  By the time it was my 2nd yr on the pill it was monthly and I knew exactly which day it would come.  I finally stopped the pill and the migraines stopped.  I started the depo and I bled for 6 mths straight (spotting so I stopped).  The next yr after I decided to try a different pill w/the lowest possible hormone levels and I still got a migraine w/aura.  I stopped that and I finally tried the nuva ring back in may 09.  Unfortunately I was constantly spotting when I wasn't on my period for the whole time I was on it and finally went to see a gyn.  She said I shouldnt' even be on the nuva ring and said I could try the IUD (mirena).  It can be used w/women whom haven't given birth. So far it's ok but Im still constantly cramping but it hasn't even been a week yet

  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Dec. 07, 2009

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    You may want to work with a Migraine specialist who in addition to helping you manage your Migraines better, may be able to work with you and your GYN to come up with a safe BC plan. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    You may want to work with a Migraine specialist who in addition to helping you manage your Migraines better, may be able to work with you and your GYN to come up with a safe BC plan. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

     

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    • Anonymous
      katinthecorner
      Dec. 22, 2009

      I went through the same thing this year. I use birth control to deal with severe periods so I can't not have some form of contraception.  So here is my input....

       

      I didn't want to go with the mini pill because if you miss one dose it basically becomes useless for the rest of the month.  I'm a little spacy, and I know I'm not going...

      RHMLucky777

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      I went through the same thing this year. I use birth control to deal with severe periods so I can't not have some form of contraception.  So here is my input....

       

      I didn't want to go with the mini pill because if you miss one dose it basically becomes useless for the rest of the month.  I'm a little spacy, and I know I'm not going to remember to take the pill every single day. 

       

      Depo provera I didn't even consider.  I'm really sensitive to psychological side effects of medications, and every woman I've know who had the depo shot went crazy (thier words, not mine).  For example, I went on Estrostep for two months, and I had PMS for 60 straight days.  Awful.

       

      My ob/gyn flat out refused to give me Norplant.  He told me more times than not people have bad side effects and since the strips tend to migrate taking them out is a fiasco.

       

      I went with the Mirena IUD, which is a plastic IUD with progestin.  I got in in June.  Best idea I ever had.  EVER.  I've never had children, which my OB said wasn't a problem, it just made insertion a little more painful than for a woman who has had children.  The procedure itself takes all of 5 minutes.  It doesn't tickle.  But as a migraineur, I'm sure it wouldn't phase you. On my 1-10 pain scale, I'd say it's a 4 tops. 

       

      Since I've had it for the last 6 months, my periods are much lighter, and my cramps are not nearly as bad or as frequent.  The downside is my periods are longer since the insertion, but they are getting shorter every month, so I expect they'll keep getting shorter.  It takes your body about a year to reach equillibruim.

       

      I can't tell you what you should do, but I hope my experience with this helps you out! 

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