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So I've been on Ortho-Tricyclin-Lo for about six months now and in the last few months I've been noticing that I'm much more prone to headaches. I rarely got them before, and now it's an odd week where I don't have at least a mild one. Usually I have about two a month that are severe enough to send me to bed.

I've heard that whether or not my headaches are migraines is significant, but I'm not sure if mine are or aren't. Certainly the milder ones are just tension headaches, but the worse ones generally focus on one side of my head. However, I don't have any of the nausea, aura, or severe sensitivity to light/noise that a lot of people describe.

Should I drop by campus health and ask about changing my perscription?

The other option is go off hormonal birth control. Having broken up with my boyfriend about a month ago, I'm not sexually active right now (which was my reason for going on it) and I don't anticipate being so for at least several months (I've met a boy, but he's in a different city, so things are moving slowly). Would it be too much of a jolt for my body to be off for three months and then on again, or is that something to consider too?


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Hormonal birth control can certainly make migraines more severe, or make them occur more often. However, if you've never suffered from migraines before, it's unlikely that birth control has caused you to develop them. Too, since you're not experiencing any of the common symptoms of a migraine, it's likely that they're just more severe headaches. Either way, though, if they've picked up significantly over the past few months, it's a good idea to talk to a doctor about those headaches.

If you think that there's a correlation between the headaches and the hormonal birth control, rather than going off entirely, you can also try switching to a different brand and see if that makes a difference. If you think you may be sexually active again in a few months, it wouldn't be such a good idea to go off the pill entirely now and then back on - that'd be likely to mess with your menstrual cycle quite a bit.

One other option would be, though, to talk to your doctor about a different hormonal method (like the ring, which has a much lower dosage of hormones) or about giving barrier methods a try.

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All right, thanks. I think I'll see about changing brands/hormonal methods.
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