So many people helped me out when I had my first migraine with aura this past weekend. Thank you! A lot of you also seem to get these aura thingies, so I wanted to share what I got from my family doctor today: apparently women who get migraines with aura should not also be on combination estrogen-progesterone birth control. This includes my oral birth control pill (Marvelon) but I think that might include the Nuva Ring as well? The mini pill doesn't have this effect, and neither do IUDs.
Apparently, being on birth control while also experiencing a migraine with aura significantly increases your risk of stroke. I don't know how seriously we should take that (because "significantly increases" a very small percentage is probably still a very low percentage), but my doctor was adamant that I stop my BC today. Today! What! We talked about alternative methods, and I think I'm going to get a Mirena when they have an opening. But I will probably keep taking my pills until then. Because I want to, dammit! I've been on these pills for three months shy of a decade. Stopping with no warning like this feels weird.
Also, I will miss my period. I just got the hang of it! I received my Period Panties in the mail on Monday, and bought a Diva Cup last month, and subscribed to a period supplies and goodies box from Bonjour Jolie. Siiiigh.
Anyways, that is your friendly PSA! I'm not telling anyone what to do - my doctor kind of put the fear of stroke into me with her seriousness, and I've been wanting to get an IUD for a while, but if you don't OBVIOUSLY that's cool. I'm also sharing because apparently this is a relatively new finding in research, like during the past 2-3 years, so if you started using birth control and/or getting migraines before that, chances are your doctor couldn't tell you about the co...co...cowhatever. Yup.
Can that male birth control development speed up, please?
P.S. The academic article refers to people who get migraines as "migraineurs". Fancy!