Migraine Bees, what BC do you use?

posted 8 months ago in Wellness
Post # 31
701 posts
Busy bee

I was also told that migraine with aura + estrogen containing birth control makes you in a high risk stroke group! That’s why she would no longer refill my BCP. She said that migraine with aura alone already puts you in a risk category and then add the estrogen on top of it and she said she didn’t feel comfortable with me taking that risk when I had other options so I took her advice! Maybe it has something to do with the increased risk of blood clots on BCP? I’m not sure as i’ve done no research into it myself. 

Post # 32
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - River Museum & Aquarium

Nexplanon implant, which is progesterone only. Estrogen has a tendency to exacerbate migraines. I do notice a decreased libido in comparison to times without any BC, but when I am not using a hormonal contraceptive, I get terrible periods and my migraines are worse. Just gotta weigh the pros and cons, I suppose. 

Should add that about 1/3 of women stop getting a period with nexplanon, 1/3 have irregular spotting, 1/3 continue with regular periods. I still get a period pretty regularly, but it is lighter and shorter and not as bad of cramps in comparison to when I’m off BC. Of note, my periods off BC are long, heavy, and involve terrible cramps/low back pain. 

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