Does birth control cause migraines with aura? Birth control pills that contain estrogen may increase your chances of developing migraine with or without aura. Women who have migraine with aura should avoid combination birth control pills that contain estrogen because these may increase their risk of stroke.
Is migraine with aura a contraindication to birth control? Combined hormonal contraceptives are contraindicated in women who have migraine with aura because they pose a risk of stroke.
Why can’t you take birth control with aura? For women who suffer from migraines with aura, taking combined oral contraceptives heightens their stroke risk even more. It’s specifically the hormone estrogen in the oral contraceptive that can cause a stroke. “Estrogen has properties that can cause your blood to clot easier,” Rao says.
Can I take birth control pills if I have migraines? In general, most headache specialists are comfortable with allowing a patient with migraine to take hormonal birth control, says Dr. Sheikh. In some cases, oral contraceptives can be helpful in treating migraine.