Is there any type of birth control for migraine sufferers?

AliKat Community Member November 11, 2007
  • I am 23 years old.  I went to my ob/gyn for birth control only to be denied because I have migraines.  The only option she would give me is an IUD.  Frankly, I would love to have birth control that does not require an operation. Is there any birth control available to migraine sufferers other than barrier methods?
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  • Eileen Gray
    Health Guide
    Nov. 12, 2007

    Depending on your doctor, some may not want to prescribe if you have migraine with aura - due to the higher risk of stroke, but it is only like 13 in every 100,000.

     

    I have migraine with aura and I just switched from ortho tri cycline to Seasonale. I am giving it a go. I get bad menstrual migraines, and since Seasonale is the same dose of pill for 3 months,...

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    Depending on your doctor, some may not want to prescribe if you have migraine with aura - due to the higher risk of stroke, but it is only like 13 in every 100,000.

     

    I have migraine with aura and I just switched from ortho tri cycline to Seasonale. I am giving it a go. I get bad menstrual migraines, and since Seasonale is the same dose of pill for 3 months, then a week of placibo - I think it will work better for me. My GYN agreed to let me try it.

     

    You should be able to talk to your doctor about taking birth control pills (unless there is other reasons why you cannot take them) also the patch, Depo....There is definatly other options besides IUD.

     

    Good luck and let us know how you make out!

     

    - Eileen

    • AliKat
      Nov. 12, 2007

      I used to have migraines with auras, but now i only have ocular migraines.  My doctor had told me that the risk of stroke was too high to put me on any kind of hormonal birth control.  I think I will get a second opinion.

       

      Thanks so much! 

    • Anonymous
      RiverRunner
      Jul. 29, 2009

      I just went in for birth control, and was told that I cannot use any birth control that has estrogen in it, because of something to do with the aura migrianes. She suggested either forms of birth control that require a doctor to implant, or something called the mini-pill. The brand I have is Jolivette. I would recommend doing some serious research on it, though,...

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      I just went in for birth control, and was told that I cannot use any birth control that has estrogen in it, because of something to do with the aura migrianes. She suggested either forms of birth control that require a doctor to implant, or something called the mini-pill. The brand I have is Jolivette. I would recommend doing some serious research on it, though, and make sure to ask any questions you have. I am still not sure if this is the best brand, and am trying to find another.

    • Anonymous
      asdf
      Sep. 18, 2009

      I get migrianes and my Dr. also gave me jolivette. Make sure you read up on it. It has been said that it does not last for a full 24 hours of protection and does not regulate your monthly flow. I just started on it last month and this month, my period that normally is 5-7 days has been going on for more than 11 days. This may be normal, but just wanted...

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      I get migrianes and my Dr. also gave me jolivette. Make sure you read up on it. It has been said that it does not last for a full 24 hours of protection and does not regulate your monthly flow. I just started on it last month and this month, my period that normally is 5-7 days has been going on for more than 11 days. This may be normal, but just wanted to give you a heads up.

       

    • Anonymous
      tara
      Mar. 25, 2010

      I get migraines with aura as well and my doctor put me on the mini-pill. IT SUCKS! My periods were usually 3-4 days of light bleeding but now they go on as long as 2 weeks with very irregular bleeding. Also, the weight gain and acne sucks too. I'm looking for an alternative - does anyone know about taking estrogen-type BC constantly with no "placebos"/sugar...

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      I get migraines with aura as well and my doctor put me on the mini-pill. IT SUCKS! My periods were usually 3-4 days of light bleeding but now they go on as long as 2 weeks with very irregular bleeding. Also, the weight gain and acne sucks too. I'm looking for an alternative - does anyone know about taking estrogen-type BC constantly with no "placebos"/sugar pills in between packs? I heard that it's the drop in estrogen that causes the migraines, so not letting it drop would essentially not give you a migraine, right?

    • Anonymous
      MigraineSufferer31
      May. 04, 2010

      This is not always the case, but an increase in estrogen might help your migraines.  Increased risk of breast cancer is associated with taking estrogen based BC constantly, however, and if there is a risk of breast cancer in your family, this is not a risk you would want to take.  The best alternative for migraine suffers is to use non-hormonal BC....

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      This is not always the case, but an increase in estrogen might help your migraines.  Increased risk of breast cancer is associated with taking estrogen based BC constantly, however, and if there is a risk of breast cancer in your family, this is not a risk you would want to take.  The best alternative for migraine suffers is to use non-hormonal BC.

    • Anonymous
      erin r
      Jun. 03, 2010

      i get migraines (w/o aura) but i have found that continual use of estrogen based bc does help with the cyclic migraines, however i have found that i am VERY sensitive to taking it at the same time or within an hour of the same time everyday or else my system can get out of whack and i end up with the migraines again. 

    • kellyandpeanut
      Jun. 07, 2010

      I usually skip the sugar pills & I'm still getting worse migraines being on Yaz for 4 months now.  I have been on about 12 pills in 10 years, especially the ortho generics recently & the older I get the worse they get.

    • Piggy1
      Aug. 26, 2011

      If your migraines get worse on the pill, take yourself off the pill! I was on the pill for 10 years.  Started getting the migraines after 3 years on yasmine.  Stopped taking yasmine and switched to Lybrel (no period pill) cause my doc though no periods would help me with the migraine. WRONG. they got worse! Completely took myself off the pill afte...

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      If your migraines get worse on the pill, take yourself off the pill! I was on the pill for 10 years.  Started getting the migraines after 3 years on yasmine.  Stopped taking yasmine and switched to Lybrel (no period pill) cause my doc though no periods would help me with the migraine. WRONG. they got worse! Completely took myself off the pill afte two years on Lybrel.  No more migraines! Down side is I have had irregular periods, acne, and discharge being off the pill a year now.  Am thinking of an IUD.  Started BC when I was 20.  Off at 33. 

    • Anonymous
      nicole
      Mar. 06, 2011

      I've been on the mini pill cerazette for three months now, and have been bleeding on and off since the beginning. I'd say I;ve only had a handful of period-free days since I started taking it. I was trying to give it a chance in my system, but I've decided to go back to the doctors now. I can't take a further continuation of this period. I definitely wouldn't...

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      I've been on the mini pill cerazette for three months now, and have been bleeding on and off since the beginning. I'd say I;ve only had a handful of period-free days since I started taking it. I was trying to give it a chance in my system, but I've decided to go back to the doctors now. I can't take a further continuation of this period. I definitely wouldn't recommend it as a birth control. Since I suffer from migraine with aura my choices are now very limited, and I'm also a bit young to be having an operation. I'm worried that there won't be anything out there for me.

    • sj915
      Jan. 16, 2012

      My doctor put me on Jolivette for the same reasons about 3 months ago.  Ever since I have had increasingly worse acne. just under 2 years ago I treated my acne with accutane and it cleared up. at that time I was on ortho tricylen low. with the migraines (i only had 3 in 1 year and they each had aura and vision problems) the doctor said that with estrogen...

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      My doctor put me on Jolivette for the same reasons about 3 months ago.  Ever since I have had increasingly worse acne. just under 2 years ago I treated my acne with accutane and it cleared up. at that time I was on ortho tricylen low. with the migraines (i only had 3 in 1 year and they each had aura and vision problems) the doctor said that with estrogen increases my chance of stroke. As soon as I switched the acne got worse and worse. I have very sensitive skin and nothing is working. I'm looking for other bc methods but am coming up short. have to see my dermotologist again :(

    • Ashley
      Jun. 29, 2012
      Just be careful. I am 31 years old and was on birth control pills for 10 years and had a stroke in January. It was horrible. Im no longer on birth contol pills and will take blood thinners for the rest of my life. I NEVER thought it would happen to me. We all hear the warnings but dont believe it. Well, im living proof. If you have any risk of stoke I beg you...
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      Just be careful. I am 31 years old and was on birth control pills for 10 years and had a stroke in January. It was horrible. Im no longer on birth contol pills and will take blood thinners for the rest of my life. I NEVER thought it would happen to me. We all hear the warnings but dont believe it. Well, im living proof. If you have any risk of stoke I beg you not to take pills. Its difficult to find the right method and im still looking for one but i will never take pills again. They are the reason i had the stroke. Listen to the doctors, trust me- you dont want to go through what i went through. Its awful. Good Luck!!
    • Anonymous
      Lin
      Jan. 23, 2010

      I also have migraines with aura....so bad it often results in aphasia.  I am 27 years old.

       

      It worse when I was on an estrogen pill.  I have had less migraines since being on progestin only pills (about 2 years).  I was on Errin for a while and was quite happy, with only minor spotting mid-cycle.

       

      I switched healthcare and had to...

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      I also have migraines with aura....so bad it often results in aphasia.  I am 27 years old.

       

      It worse when I was on an estrogen pill.  I have had less migraines since being on progestin only pills (about 2 years).  I was on Errin for a while and was quite happy, with only minor spotting mid-cycle.

       

      I switched healthcare and had to go onto a new pill (Nor QD), which is still progestin only.  I have been bleeding for 15 weeks STRAIGHT.  In 15 weeks, I have only not bled a total of 5 days.  It is HORRIBLE.  I went after  6 weeks, but was told to give it a full 3 months for my body to adjust. 

       

      Apparently the two drugs are basically the same.  I guess my body is rejecting this now.  It has at least not made my headaches worse or more frequent.  If you can get a progestin-only pill and not have severe bleeding, then you should be alright on the head front and alright on the stroke front.  I'm going to resort to the hated barrier methods for now.

       

      Good luck!  I hope you figure something out that works for you. :)

    • what to do now
      Dec. 08, 2010

      I have just been diagnosed with classical migraines, the kind that have an aura prior to the onset of the headache.  My neurologist also said that I need to discontinue my use of oral contraceptives.  I'm also a medical student so I decided to do some research of my own to find out what the deal is with the pill and migraines.  Here is what I...

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      I have just been diagnosed with classical migraines, the kind that have an aura prior to the onset of the headache.  My neurologist also said that I need to discontinue my use of oral contraceptives.  I'm also a medical student so I decided to do some research of my own to find out what the deal is with the pill and migraines.  Here is what I found: The aura that accompanies the migraine is caused by little vessels in the brain that close off temporarily.  This explains changes such as blurry or lost vision, difficulty speaking or understanding spoken words, nausea, vomiting, numbness/tingling in arms/legs.  The constriction of these vessels increases the risk for blood clots in the brain.  A blood clot in the brain is very dangerous and can cause permanent damage. The estrogen in traditional birth control pills increases the risk of blood clots even in people who don't have migraines. (My neurologist said he had seen 3 patients in their 20s this year who had blood clots caused by birth control.)  That made me worry, so I'm no longer taking the pill.  I have done some research, and I think my answer is the diaphragm.  The IUD is also an option, but it sounds horrible to me. I just don't want to have a stroke and lose functioning of my brain so early in my life.

    • Anonymous
      graet day
      Jan. 08, 2012

      I am some one who has suffered from migraisn since i was 14. i get the aura and everything else that can possibly accompany a migrain. i finally had made a choice to do the iud because it was a non hormone bc. thanks to the copper iud i have a beautiful daughter but in my opppion and experience barrier methods are more safe and reliable.

    • Anonymous
      Angie
      Dec. 29, 2010

      I have auras but very little headache and I am not sure if they are actually migraines or not. Anyhow, I've been on Depo Provera for four months now, and I've been having my period the whole time. It sucks. My moods have been poor and I find that I am less happy since taking an injection. I don't want to keep going but I am terrible with daily routines so daily...

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      I have auras but very little headache and I am not sure if they are actually migraines or not. Anyhow, I've been on Depo Provera for four months now, and I've been having my period the whole time. It sucks. My moods have been poor and I find that I am less happy since taking an injection. I don't want to keep going but I am terrible with daily routines so daily pills are a poor choice for me. Depo is handy because it's only every three months and everyone reacts different but consider it, because once you get it, you're stuck!

    • Anonymous
      arlene
      Jan. 31, 2011

      I was on it years ago, and had the same issue. I bleed for 6 mons!!! Until my dr figured out that I had to get my shot every 9 weeks instead of the regular 12. After that I was fine and I would get my period every 9 weeks for 3 days. I was on it for 3 years and am looking at going back on it. Hope that helps

    • Anonymous
      iudsupport
      Feb. 07, 2011

      I get aura- migraines as well and have avoided taking the pill because of the risk of stroke and increased migraines. I got a non-hormonal IUD almost two years ago and am so happy with it. It is a simple, very minor procedure to insert it. I dont understand the hesitation and stigma associated with it. The procedure to insert it is almost painless - just a...

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      I get aura- migraines as well and have avoided taking the pill because of the risk of stroke and increased migraines. I got a non-hormonal IUD almost two years ago and am so happy with it. It is a simple, very minor procedure to insert it. I dont understand the hesitation and stigma associated with it. The procedure to insert it is almost painless - just a slight pinch. It lasts three years and you dont notice it at all. The one caution I would suggest is if you get bad menstrual cramps - often they are intensified with the IUD - but I havent noticed any increase in pain since I got it. I would look into it.

  • Anonymous
    Katie
    Dec. 29, 2012

    I am a 22 year old and I have been suffering from Migraines since I can remember. I have tried a variety of birth controls and nothing seemed to make them any better but only worse. Recently I left my nurse practitioner and got a new Doctor. He suggested Seasonale. It is a birth control you take continuously for 3 months then have a 1 week break. During these...

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    I am a 22 year old and I have been suffering from Migraines since I can remember. I have tried a variety of birth controls and nothing seemed to make them any better but only worse. Recently I left my nurse practitioner and got a new Doctor. He suggested Seasonale. It is a birth control you take continuously for 3 months then have a 1 week break. During these 3 months you don't get a period at all. So far it is working!! I still recieve a few migraines here and there but that is to be expected. Now my mentrual migraines only come once every 3 months, I love it !

  • Anonymous
    Marie
    May. 18, 2012

    I had been on a pill form of birth control and then was diagnosted with migraines. Neither of my doctors, general or ob/gyn, said anything about it untill i mentioned having an aura with it. I was told my by general doctor to get a IUD also, but my ob/gyn was against it because its more suited to women who have had a baby and thus the cervix would open easier....

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    I had been on a pill form of birth control and then was diagnosted with migraines. Neither of my doctors, general or ob/gyn, said anything about it untill i mentioned having an aura with it. I was told my by general doctor to get a IUD also, but my ob/gyn was against it because its more suited to women who have had a baby and thus the cervix would open easier.

    She told me I could get the IUD if I really wanted, or I could get on the Depo-vera shot or the thing they put in your arm that last a few years.

     

    Hope this helped

  • Jayem
    Jul. 30, 2010

    My dr. found out that I have migraines with aura and took me off the pill right away.  However, she put me on a different pill.  It is called NoraBe.  It is a Progesterone only pill.

  • Anonymous
    April
    Jun. 10, 2010

     

    I've been trying for years to find a birth control that works for me (can only have non-hormonal bc because of migranes w/ aura)... I first went on depo for three years... I completely lost my sex drive, gained 30 pounds (which I know I at least had some blame for part of that...), and it just made me a total crazy emotional bitch.

     

    Then I was...

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    I've been trying for years to find a birth control that works for me (can only have non-hormonal bc because of migranes w/ aura)... I first went on depo for three years... I completely lost my sex drive, gained 30 pounds (which I know I at least had some blame for part of that...), and it just made me a total crazy emotional bitch.

     

    Then I was birth control free for a year and everything returned back to normal.. Lost the weight.. Got back my sex drive and turned "normal again".  Being abstinant/occasional condoms was definitely a great method of birth control, haha!

     

    Then after getting into a new relationship I went on the mini-pill for a year and lost my sex drive again, didn't experience a weight-gain, had very short periods (those of which started off in crazy shades of brown - gross!) but still was super emotional and I could totally tell the time I would be ovulating because I would cry at practically EVERYTHING (commercials... articles in the paper.. a happy moment in stores)... This was on the Nora-be pill...

     

    The next year they started giving me the generic version of it and I ended up bleeding for practically the whole three months, I later found out that my extreme stress I was having at the time could have triggered but still.. I went back to the name brand and everything went normal again...

     

    So most recently I went back on depo thinking maybe I would magically not be crazy emotional and I wouldn't have the issues I did a few years ago.   I gained 13 pounds in a matter of 8 weeks - which also happened to be during a big chunk of time that I had been cutting out fast food and soda so I KNOW that my own eating habits are not to blame. Plus my clothes still fit so I'm pretty sure it's ALL IN MY UTERUS!  ;)  Since I discovered this huge weight gain though I've lost 9 pounds of it in two weeks from even better eating control/working out so that's good.  Although I do only have a week left of the "shot left in me" so maybe my hormones are making me not hold onto fat as easily.

     

    I'm now searching for a new option... IUD'S scare the hell out of me after reading so many bad reviews... I cramp so easily so I just don't think I'll be one of the lucky women without any side effects.  I had almost convinced myself of doing it because the women at Planned Parenthood are just so damn convincing... My still!!!  The reviews!! Ahhh!!!

     

    I think I'll probably just go back on the mini-pill and deal with all the crying. 

     

    How sad for us women, when will the invent a birth control pill for men!?!?

     

  • Anonymous
    Amanda
    Oct. 22, 2009

    There are other options including:

    condoms, diaphragm, pills that do not contain Estrogen (e.g. the Progestin only "minipill"), the Shot (Depo-Provera), the implant (Implanon).

    Also, just to clarify, placing an IUC is not considered an operation. They just insert it through the opening in the cervix. It's really not a big deal.

  • Anonymous
    cm
    Oct. 01, 2009

    I went on the pill in high school and started to get very bad migrains (with aura, etc.). My dad's side has a history so I just thought it was due to my genes. I also didn't put two and two together until my mom mentioned she used to get migrains when she was on the pill. I tried a few different brands of pills, then I eventually stopped taking the pill and...

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    I went on the pill in high school and started to get very bad migrains (with aura, etc.). My dad's side has a history so I just thought it was due to my genes. I also didn't put two and two together until my mom mentioned she used to get migrains when she was on the pill. I tried a few different brands of pills, then I eventually stopped taking the pill and migrains stopped all together and haven't had them since. The issues with the migrains were just too great to consider continuing (I ended up in the hospital during the last migrain I had 8 years ago). As for IUD, I've never heard of a doctor denying it to someone just because they haven't given birth vaginally (I'm in Canada so maybe it's frowned upon in the american medical association??).

    • girlyndnpunk
      Sep. 28, 2010

      I had been on the birth control YAZ for almost 4 years and the last 2 were miserable because I had migraines almost bimonthly and when I started school again, it was worse because around exams when I needed to stay up later, and migraines creeped in. 

       

      When I needed a re-fill prescription I went to Planned Parenthood, and the doctor there denied...

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      I had been on the birth control YAZ for almost 4 years and the last 2 were miserable because I had migraines almost bimonthly and when I started school again, it was worse because around exams when I needed to stay up later, and migraines creeped in. 

       

      When I needed a re-fill prescription I went to Planned Parenthood, and the doctor there denied my prescription because I had migraines w/ aura. So my other alternatives were progestin only BCs and IUDs.

       

      Since I've been off birth control pills my migraines have disappeared but now I'm just waiting for my cycles to regulate so I can time my IUD. I'm looking at getting Paragard since I've done my research, and I'm willing to deal with Paragard's heavy cramps than Mirena's side effects.

  • AliKat
    Aug. 21, 2009

    I have been on the Progestin only pills (Nor QD) for almost a year and I love them.  While they do not make my periods shorter or all that jazz, they do work with no extra migraine symptoms.  I also have none of the annoying side effects I had when I was on ortho tri-cycline, like low libido and mood swings.

     

    I absolutely recommend progestin...

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    I have been on the Progestin only pills (Nor QD) for almost a year and I love them.  While they do not make my periods shorter or all that jazz, they do work with no extra migraine symptoms.  I also have none of the annoying side effects I had when I was on ortho tri-cycline, like low libido and mood swings.

     

    I absolutely recommend progestin only for migraine sufferers!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 24, 2009

      I have never been pregnant, nor had a child, and recently had a Mirena IUD inserted. It just depends on the doctor - I had mine put in under local anaesthesia, but they would have done it without (I think they'd have to peel me off the ceiling after if my cervix hadn't been frozen).

       

      Basically, that seemed the only option for me - and it's been great,...

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      I have never been pregnant, nor had a child, and recently had a Mirena IUD inserted. It just depends on the doctor - I had mine put in under local anaesthesia, but they would have done it without (I think they'd have to peel me off the ceiling after if my cervix hadn't been frozen).

       

      Basically, that seemed the only option for me - and it's been great, I haven't had to think about it at all. I spotted for a month, and have had some break-outs, but it's nice to actually be confident about the effectiveness without having to stress over remembering pills and such.

  • AliKat
    Nov. 04, 2008

    So, I went to a new OB/GYN last week to talk about getting an IUD which I was told was my only option, adn was rejected for that beause I had not had a vaginal birth.  But, she did say I could go on the progestin pill, so later this month I get to try that.  Thank you to everyone who has given me suggestions!

    • Anonymous
      Mililani
      Jun. 22, 2009

      Alikat - that is exactly what my doctor told me.  No vaginal birth, no IUD.  The only birth control options available to me besides barriers are progesterone only.  My neurologist and PCP both told me no estrogen based birth control for aura/migraines due to much higher risks of strokes.  I prefer no strokes at any cost. ...

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      Alikat - that is exactly what my doctor told me.  No vaginal birth, no IUD.  The only birth control options available to me besides barriers are progesterone only.  My neurologist and PCP both told me no estrogen based birth control for aura/migraines due to much higher risks of strokes.  I prefer no strokes at any cost.  Hate barrier methods so am trying the progesterone pills. 

       

      Someday, maybe drug companies could work on some alternative birth controls outside of barrier style.

    • Anonymous
      Ariel
      Jan. 27, 2010

      See my new post above. GET A SECOND OPINION IF YOU WANT AN IUD!! I got this same information initially, it is bogus. Your doctor is just not up to date with the most current info. My OB/GYN here in Alaska says she puts them in young women that have not been pregnant before all the time. After a pelvic examine and STD test they scheduled me for one...

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      See my new post above. GET A SECOND OPINION IF YOU WANT AN IUD!! I got this same information initially, it is bogus. Your doctor is just not up to date with the most current info. My OB/GYN here in Alaska says she puts them in young women that have not been pregnant before all the time. After a pelvic examine and STD test they scheduled me for one on my next period. You have a higher risk of expelling an IUD, but as long as you do not have an STD, pelvic inflamitory disease, or have had an abnormal pap you CAN get one.

       

      Try getting a new physican!

  • Anonymous
    Montana
    Nov. 20, 2007
    Hey there is natural birth control.  There is a clinic in my town that gives classes on it, mayber there is one in your town.  I haven't tried it yet but i am hoping it'll work. here's the web adress so you can read a little more on it.  http://www.meadowsweet-herbs.com/classes.htm

    Barrier methods are good to, if you don't like condoms you...
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    Hey there is natural birth control.  There is a clinic in my town that gives classes on it, mayber there is one in your town.  I haven't tried it yet but i am hoping it'll work. here's the web adress so you can read a little more on it.  http://www.meadowsweet-herbs.com/classes.htm

    Barrier methods are good to, if you don't like condoms you can try VCF, it is very effective.

    best of luck kaitlin
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 19, 2008

      hey- incase anyone comes online and reads this more recently--> i am a med student--> and the main problem with birth control and migraines is the estrogen

       

      so being on a progesterone pill, depo provera (progesterone shots) or an IUD are all reasonable methods that are superior to barriers but dont have the same increased risk of stroke--> so they...

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      hey- incase anyone comes online and reads this more recently--> i am a med student--> and the main problem with birth control and migraines is the estrogen

       

      so being on a progesterone pill, depo provera (progesterone shots) or an IUD are all reasonable methods that are superior to barriers but dont have the same increased risk of stroke--> so they are always great options

    • Anonymous
      hotcheek75
      Nov. 03, 2008

      I have an iud and had no sugery to have it inserted.  It helped a lot with my migraines but they did not go away.  The nuva ring is a good choice also.

    • Anonymous
      Gin
      Dec. 01, 2008

      wondering what type of IUD you chose.  Having trouble choosing the right one.  One without hormones or one with progestin only. (Paragard or Mirena) I have migraines and sit for long periods of time and the risk of stroke was increased with my Loestrin.  Thinking of choosing Mirena, but worried about the stroke thing still and...

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      wondering what type of IUD you chose.  Having trouble choosing the right one.  One without hormones or one with progestin only. (Paragard or Mirena) I have migraines and sit for long periods of time and the risk of stroke was increased with my Loestrin.  Thinking of choosing Mirena, but worried about the stroke thing still and also the menstrual headaches I get 2-3 days before my period.   

    • Anonymous
      Ariel
      Jan. 27, 2010

      I had the same problem of being told I could not take hormonal birth control cause of migraines with auras, but my doctor still recommended me to Mirena over Paraguard. In anticipation of getting my IUD I have been doing A LOT of reading.

       

      Mirena DOES containe progestrin, but (per my doctor) it's about equivelent to taking...

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      I had the same problem of being told I could not take hormonal birth control cause of migraines with auras, but my doctor still recommended me to Mirena over Paraguard. In anticipation of getting my IUD I have been doing A LOT of reading.

       

      Mirena DOES containe progestrin, but (per my doctor) it's about equivelent to taking 2 or 3 progestrin only pills a week, verus the 7 a week you would normally take. The progestrin also stays more logally to the pelvic area verus the oral method, but it WILL get into your blood stream. The progestrin in Mirena isn't intended as birth control, but to counter act the effects of the IUD on your periods. It has some effect on reducing your chances of oculating, but that's not why they added it. Using Mirena can make your periods normal, lighter, or they may stop altogether. About 20% of woman have no bleeding or spotting after 1 year with Mirena. It's also possible to get cramping around the time of your period and only spot or have no bleeding.

       

      IUDs in general make periods heavier, longer, and may cause increased cramping. However, if you are particularly sensitive to progestrin Paragard might be a better option. The progrestrin in Mirena can cause weight gain, moodiness, and in rare cases hair loss. Paragard is just as effective and can be left in place for longer, but if you have copper allergies DONT get Paragard. Paragard is a plastic IUD with copper bands on the arms and length of the device. As I mentioned before Paragard will make your periods longer, heavier, and potentially more miserable and crampy, but it's completely hormone free.

       

      Talk about it with your OB/GYN, but I would suggest Mirena over Paragard. Both IUDs can be painful to place and cause cramping and spotting for days after placement.

      Hope that helps!

       

      Also, if your interested in getting an IUD, but you've heard or been told you can't, because you haven't had a child or been pregnant before *GET A SECOND OPINION*. I already had looked into getting an IUD before approching my doctor and had heard from numerous sources that I was not a candidate. My OB/GYN actually suggested the IUD as an option for me along with the "mini-pill" and the progestrin inplant.  I asked her abuot about this wide spread informoation denying us the option of IUD and she said that it is completely out of date. IUDs are placed in woman that haven't been pregnant before all around the world, however there is a higher risk of an IUD expelling in younger women and women that have not had children.

       

      Hope this helps you decide!

    • Piggy1
      Aug. 26, 2011

      I am in your shoes too.  Not sure which IUD.  If you haven't had children, paraguard is hard to get.  Doc's usually won't allow you to have it.  good luck to you!

    • Gin
      Gin
      Aug. 26, 2011

      I ended up choosing Mirena.  I have had 2 children and so far LOVING IT !!!!!  A little cramping for about 2 hours after insertion, but no problems almost 2 years later.  not sure what removing it will be like, but have 3 more years before I will have to worry about that.

    • Anonymous
      neurogirl
      Jan. 27, 2009

      I began having migraines after starting birth control and continued to have them (despite trying various kinds) for five years.  The last kind of birth control I tried was the nuva ring.  I had 6 migraines in 4 consecutive weeks.  Since then I've stopped taking birth control completely and have fewer and less intense migraines.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Nov. 12, 2007

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    I'm not sure what your doctor is doing unless you have other risk factors such as smoking that would not make you a good candidate for taking birth control pills. Migraine, I don't think, should stop you from taking birth control pills. However I did do a bit of research on Mircette...

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    I'm not sure what your doctor is doing unless you have other risk factors such as smoking that would not make you a good candidate for taking birth control pills. Migraine, I don't think, should stop you from taking birth control pills. However I did do a bit of research on Mircette a low dose BC pill and it is contraindicated for people who suffer "headaches with neurological symptoms." Now, I'm not sure  if this applies to you. But at any rate another conversation or a new OB/GYN is in order! 

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost.  SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.

    We also have a discussion forum that you may want to check out. Especially if you have questions or are looking for information, you may find the interaction on the forum to be quite helpful. To get to the forum, just look for the orange box marked "Manage" and click on the Migraine Forums link. Because our forums are maintained by a third party, you'll need to register for the forum. You can use the same information you used to create your community log-in if you like. If you want to go directly to the forum, you can click HERE.

    Along with your personal "My Home" page and the discussion forum, you'll find links to a great deal of helpful information on the main page of our site, http://www.MyMigraineConnection.com.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to post them to the forum or send me a message through my profile.

    Welcome again,

    Nancy Bonk
    MyMigraineConnection.com Expert

    PS: If you receive this message from more than one of us, please excuse the overlap. Thanks!

  • Eva
    Eva
    Nov. 12, 2007

    I have migraines with aura and I am on Depo Provera and I never had any problems with getting any kind of birth control, none of my doctors were ever concerned.

    • Anonymous
      Guest
      Jul. 27, 2009

      BEWARE of Depo. I have endometriosis and I am also a migraine sufferer. I had to be put on BC at age 14 b/c of my endo. However, because I am a migraine sufferer, I was told my only option was Depo. Now, 7 years later, I am coming off of Depo and to be frank- IT IS HELL!!! Please google the side affects of Depo before considering it. It is horrible!

    • Anonymous
      Bebe
      Aug. 21, 2009

      Just a side bar about Depo, I was on it for a year. The it made me 'crazy' in the sense that I was angry, turned off to sex (big drop in my libido) and was not worth it!

    • AprilLyne
      Mar. 07, 2011

      I have had the same reaction to depo each time I have been on it, a total of three times for a total of about 4 years. NOT worth it, it didn't help with my migraines either, I get occular, aura, with and without pain and almost always a bad case of virtigo. As for BCP they tend to do about the same for me, but I also have to be on high dose due to the fact...

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      I have had the same reaction to depo each time I have been on it, a total of three times for a total of about 4 years. NOT worth it, it didn't help with my migraines either, I get occular, aura, with and without pain and almost always a bad case of virtigo. As for BCP they tend to do about the same for me, but I also have to be on high dose due to the fact that for some reason I've gotten pregnant twice on the BCP, despite taking it to an alarm each day religiously. I also have three condom babies... (one set of twins that didn't make it-one ectopic) so I guess I'm just extremely fertile. So I use a combination of condom berrier with the rhythem method now. It seems to be my best bet. I wish you all the best! Make sure to have open communication with your Dr. and if he/she doesn't want to listen to your concerns, it's probably best for you to find a new Dr. 

    • kellyandpeanut
      Jun. 07, 2010

      Depo was the first thing I was given & made me more exhausted & depressed, which is nearly impossible.  It was horrible.

    • Anonymous
      maggie
      Aug. 25, 2011

      I have Endometriosis as well, let me start by saying: I'm so sorry, I feel your pain, literally. I have also suffered from migraines since I can remember, and the frequency definately goes up with the onset of my period. The only way to "treat" the condition is to not have a period (not that the condition won't persist, but it will be effectively "begnign"...

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      I have Endometriosis as well, let me start by saying: I'm so sorry, I feel your pain, literally. I have also suffered from migraines since I can remember, and the frequency definately goes up with the onset of my period. The only way to "treat" the condition is to not have a period (not that the condition won't persist, but it will be effectively "begnign" since it won't bleed out unless you menstrate, and won't damage the tissue on which they've grown.) considering the consequences of being perpetually "knocked-up" or having a hysterectemy, I went with the Depo. I should have known that any birth control that resembles sperm and administered through a shot to the ass was a bad idea; but I wasn't prepared for going from a size 0 to a size 6 in less than 4 months, my usually clear complexion breaking out, breaking into tears at the drop of hat for no apparent reason, and just plain losing my mind. I would go ballistic over, literally, nothing. I was incapable of controling my mood/reactions, I would be screaming horrible things at my poor boyfriend, all the while, thinking how crazy I was being. Knowing I was more than capable of being rational, but unable to act rationally; It was like watching someone. I would ping pong from inconsolable to angry to depressed, over nothing, most of the time I couldn't even tell myself what it was that had me so upset; but I was so consumed by emotion, that I didn't need a reason, even when I tried to reclaim logic, to controll my emotions, I couldn't; I was completely possesd by my emotions, at their mercy, I was losing control of my life, and my sanity. In the end I chose to stop Depo, and deal with the monthly week of pain, at least I knew what to expect. Seeing as what I expected was to be brought to my knees in pain, should give you an idea of just how horrible Depo was. As an added bonus, I bled for 3 months straight after I stopped getting the shot, If you can imagine/know for yourself how painful regular periods are, I'm sure you can picture what 3 continuos months of inflamed, bleeding, lesions covering your insides felt like. 

      Also- if any of you ladies don't know what endometriosis is, or haven't talked to your doctor about it, and you'r headaches seem to worsen/occur more frequently during your period, you should talk with your obgyn asap, Migraines are a very common symptom, along with pain, naseau, anxiety, constipation, severe lower back pain, numbness of the legs (feels/is similar to phsyatica) and a sensation which I can only describe as your inards falling out your lower half. It is not uncommon for this condition to go undiagnosed, as it has a wide range of seemingly unrelated symptoms. I went to the urgent care every month in agony from the time I was 13 and talked with my doctor about my symptoms often, I walked away from every visit with some i-b profen, doped up on pain meds knowing I didn't have appendicitis, and being told I just had worse periods than most. Up until the age of 22 I thought I was just a big baby, and that I needed to just suck it up & deal like every other girl. I stopped going to the doctor (about this) as they had decided long ago that I was just trying to scam pain meds. I only got diagnosed by chance when I was staying on a friends couch & my period struck; no matter how much I insisted screaming and crying from cramps was normal, they insisted on taking me to the emergency room. By the time I even learned the name of my condition it had gone unchecked for so long that the cat scan(?) looked speckled, there were so many lessions that the doctor had to schedule a second laproscopic procedure (after already making an extra incision the first time) to finish cauterizing the numerous lessions that had spread throughout my intestines, dotted my stomach, and had completely engulfed my uterus. The build up of scarred tissue on my uterus was so tremendous that my doctor had little doubt of my likely infertility, & went on to warn me against trying, as she believed that even if I did manage to concieve, the walls of my uterus weren't likely to stand up to pregnancy; she felt that even if everything were to work out, the walls of my uterus wouldn't be likely to hold up past the second trimester, and that they would more than likely end up torn. While I've never planned on children, it's hard to hear that if you do somehow become pregnant; you are almost guaranteed to suffer a torn uterus and the loss of that child. If you feel like something's wrong, keep insisting that something is in fact, wrong. Doctors seem all to happy these days to just check off what's not wrong, and leave it at that, I made the mistake of belieiving them when they said I just had "bad periods" and I am still paying for it. If you think you might have/ are curious about endometriosis, here is the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endometriosis

       

    • Anonymous
      savylynn
      Dec. 29, 2009

      I have migraines with aura also and my doctor put me on depo. It was the worst decision for me. It didn't affect my migraines which is a plus, but I had severe mood swings, absolutely no sex drive, and it pretty much killed my metabolism and I gained alot of weight from it so my doctor took me off of it. 

    • Anonymous
      MigraineSufferer31
      May. 04, 2010

      Yeah, same here... I have migraines and have been diagnosed bi-polar and was put on depo for a year.  I bled the whole time, it made me seriously psychotic, and it did help my migraines at all.  The last three months of it, I had 14 migraines.  That's why I eventually stopped taking it.  I later learned from psychiatrist that depo is the...

      RHMLucky777

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      Yeah, same here... I have migraines and have been diagnosed bi-polar and was put on depo for a year.  I bled the whole time, it made me seriously psychotic, and it did help my migraines at all.  The last three months of it, I had 14 migraines.  That's why I eventually stopped taking it.  I later learned from psychiatrist that depo is the worse for of BC when it comes to mental disorders.

  • Cindy
    Nov. 11, 2007

    Unfortunately the options I was given were always barriers methods.  While some women get relief from migraines using BCP, I was not one of those people.  While annoying to use, they do work, I only had planned pregancys (I'm 51 now and did not have my first child until I was 33).  I did get a tubal very soon after my second child as I was...

    RHMLucky777

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    Unfortunately the options I was given were always barriers methods.  While some women get relief from migraines using BCP, I was not one of those people.  While annoying to use, they do work, I only had planned pregancys (I'm 51 now and did not have my first child until I was 33).  I did get a tubal very soon after my second child as I was not anxious to continue using barrier methods any longer than necessary. 

    • sammybell
      Mar. 08, 2011

      I'm just turning 18 and have been prescribes birth control for the first time. Its to regulate my period and to see if it will stop my frequent and severe migranes. With my migranes I have been hospitalized once with auras, numbness and blindness in one eye. My neurologist suggested that I start the pill along with topramate, so my Doctor has...

      RHMLucky777

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      I'm just turning 18 and have been prescribes birth control for the first time. Its to regulate my period and to see if it will stop my frequent and severe migranes. With my migranes I have been hospitalized once with auras, numbness and blindness in one eye. My neurologist suggested that I start the pill along with topramate, so my Doctor has started me on Alesse. My question is because, I've only experence auras once and ocular migranes twice is it safe for me to take the pill?

    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Mar. 08, 2011

      Only a doctor who can review your medical history and examine you can tell you if hormonal birth control is safe for you or not. Having Migraine with aura increases stroke risk. Birth control bills increase stroke risk. Some doctors feel that women with Migaine with aura should use other forms of birth control; others disagree. I know that's not an answer,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Only a doctor who can review your medical history and examine you can tell you if hormonal birth control is safe for you or not. Having Migraine with aura increases stroke risk. Birth control bills increase stroke risk. Some doctors feel that women with Migaine with aura should use other forms of birth control; others disagree. I know that's not an answer, but there is no simple answer. Best to discuss this in detail with your doctor.

       

      BTW, one of the most important things is to get an accurate diagnosis. To simplify matters and make it easier for people to get information and treatment, doctors usually go by the gold standard for diagnosis, the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). Under ICHD-II, there is no diagnosis of "ocular Migraine." We do see it used, but doctors use it differently, so it really doesn't tell anyone what type of Migraine you actually have. You can read more about this in Ocular, Optical, and Opthalmic Migraines and The Type of Migraine Does Matter.

       

      Teri

    • Anonymous
      samyfh
      Feb. 21, 2012

      You mentioned you are on Alesse for cycle control, however, be aware that being on Topamax decreases the effectiveness of the birth control pill by 47%, so you may need to use another form of birth control like condoms.

      I am currently taking Topamax, and have been on it during the last year, and I like it because it controls my headaches, but it affects a lot...

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      You mentioned you are on Alesse for cycle control, however, be aware that being on Topamax decreases the effectiveness of the birth control pill by 47%, so you may need to use another form of birth control like condoms.

      I am currently taking Topamax, and have been on it during the last year, and I like it because it controls my headaches, but it affects a lot my vision. My vision is blurry at all the times, and my mind is foggy also, it takes my longer to process information and concentrate in class. Also, I cannot use any OCPs while on Topamax. I already set up an appt with my neurologist to ask for another medicine for my headaches, I do not want to continue with Topamax.

    • Anonymous
      Jgirl
      Aug. 24, 2012
      Hello- I was on Topomax as well for migraines, but not for long as I too had vision problems. It also made me numb and jittery. My dr finally put me on Maxalt- where you take it as needed- it completely wiped out any terrible migraines within 20-30 minutes. I've also been on Imitrex (I believe). Just wanted to let you know there's more options out there!
    • Anonymous
      Molly
      Jul. 11, 2012

      No do not take the pill. One doctor prescribed it to me, but when I started seeing a neurologist he was irate that the doctor would prescribe those to me. I've been hospitalized for migraines too many times to count and have auras as well. Even seeing an aura once bans you from taking it. You cannot take the pill because it will greatly increase...

      RHMLucky777

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      No do not take the pill. One doctor prescribed it to me, but when I started seeing a neurologist he was irate that the doctor would prescribe those to me. I've been hospitalized for migraines too many times to count and have auras as well. Even seeing an aura once bans you from taking it. You cannot take the pill because it will greatly increase your chance of stroke.

    • Anonymous
      KeeleyM
      Oct. 23, 2012

      Not with Progestin only pills aka "Mini Pills" or "POPs". I get migraine with aura and talked with my doctor at length about my options. The depo-provera shot drastically changed my emotional state and I would go from crying and emotional to angry and irate at the drop of a hat and all the emotions in between, not to mention I gained a ton of weight. It was...

      RHMLucky777

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      Not with Progestin only pills aka "Mini Pills" or "POPs". I get migraine with aura and talked with my doctor at length about my options. The depo-provera shot drastically changed my emotional state and I would go from crying and emotional to angry and irate at the drop of a hat and all the emotions in between, not to mention I gained a ton of weight. It was terrible because it's in your system for 3 months so you have to wait it out. (This was when I was about 20-21yrs old) Really consider your options and research everything before choosing a method. The nuva-ring seemed to work well from what I remember as well. But I have too many friends with horror stories from the depo shot to reccomend it. I know it has worked for some people but the majority of people I know it has messed with their emotional state or caused them to spot too much for me to be a supporter. Anyhow, I would look into Progestin only pills. Just do your research and you will make the best decision.

    • Anonymous
      ariley1125
      Oct. 17, 2012

      I took the same Birth control be careful. My Pharamacist recommended me to stop taking Alesse because the Toprimate (generice for Topamax) makes the birth control less effective.

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Shari
      Mar. 15, 2011

      I was put on Mircette because of 7 day migraines each month during my cycle.  It worked for awhile but then went I was on the sugar pills for the month, I would get the migraines.  So now I take Mircette everyday and no sugar pills, I go from one pack to the next and it works great.  ALso, I have do not have my period each month.  I have...

      RHMLucky777

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      I was put on Mircette because of 7 day migraines each month during my cycle.  It worked for awhile but then went I was on the sugar pills for the month, I would get the migraines.  So now I take Mircette everyday and no sugar pills, I go from one pack to the next and it works great.  ALso, I have do not have my period each month.  I have been on this medication about a year and its still successful

       

      Just an FYI - I had an allergic reaction (hives, breathing problems) on the generic Mircette so I cannot take the less expensive one, but im sure others can.

       

      Good Luck, I know its horrible to live that way

    • kerry4rmJA
      Mar. 22, 2011

      i search really hard to find a contraceptive that could work for me.

      Unfortunetly i got turned down becuase of the severity of my migraines.

      So the only method of contraceptive i can use is a Condom.

    • Anonymous
      Tiff
      Sep. 29, 2011

      Check into the Nuva-Ring.  I get really bad migraines each month, especially around that time of month, but any type of barometric pressure changes affect me too.  Both my gyno and neuro doctor said that the Nuvaring is a continuous release of hormones whereas with the pill when you first take the pill it's at the highest does and decreases throughout...

      RHMLucky777

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      Check into the Nuva-Ring.  I get really bad migraines each month, especially around that time of month, but any type of barometric pressure changes affect me too.  Both my gyno and neuro doctor said that the Nuvaring is a continuous release of hormones whereas with the pill when you first take the pill it's at the highest does and decreases throughout the day until you take the next pill which again, is at the highest dosage decreasing throughout the day.  I had to stop for insurance reasons and the migrains have come back double.  Good Luck.

       

      T

    • Anonymous
      Heather Dawn
      Nov. 18, 2013

      They are saying now that combo birth control (including Nuvaring) is NOT safe for migraine sufferers...especially those with aura.  Migraine sufferers were at higher risk for clots/stroke, but those with aura had an even higher incidence of clots/stroke than regular migraine sufferers.

      BONUS:  I'm allergic to latex, so a lot of the barrier methods...

      RHMLucky777

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      They are saying now that combo birth control (including Nuvaring) is NOT safe for migraine sufferers...especially those with aura.  Migraine sufferers were at higher risk for clots/stroke, but those with aura had an even higher incidence of clots/stroke than regular migraine sufferers.

      BONUS:  I'm allergic to latex, so a lot of the barrier methods don't work for me either.

    • Anonymous
      Molly
      Jul. 11, 2012

      Yes there is! Depoprovera is a shot that is only progesterone. I get complicated migraines and basically any contraception is off the table. I discussed this shot with my neurologist and he said it would be fine to try. He has denied me vehemently from getting any birthcontrol, so for him to be okay with that was shocking. I have not yet gotten the shot because...

      RHMLucky777

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      Yes there is! Depoprovera is a shot that is only progesterone. I get complicated migraines and basically any contraception is off the table. I discussed this shot with my neurologist and he said it would be fine to try. He has denied me vehemently from getting any birthcontrol, so for him to be okay with that was shocking. I have not yet gotten the shot because I'm still not sexually active and it can eliminate periods for 3 months. It was good to find out though! 

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