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lozzy57
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I've been looking at going on the pill for some time. I'm reluctant to get a hormonal implant, because of the potential side effects - I'm a really bad migraine suffferer, and all of the ones I've looked at state that they could bring out sever symptoms. And I'm of the feeling my migraines are severe enough!

Also, I'd prefer the pill because that means I'll be able to miss out the gap in sets of pills when I go on holiday, because I do a lot of sailing and watersports, and it's just not practical to be bleeding everywhere [Razz]

But my question is this: are there any pills which are suitable for migraine sufferers? Because I've read that a lot of the pills arent, like the hormone implants.

Thanks in advance

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You'll have to talk to your gyn about that.

But also, which side effects you experience on any given prescription of the pill is very individual. So a pill that works great for someone else might make your migraines worse. If you're interested in using the pill, you'll just have to experiment to find a prescription that works for you.

But for what it's worth, I'm a migraine sufferer and the prescription I was on made no difference whatsoever.

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ASargent42
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You are going to want to look for a pill that doesn't contain estrogen, as estrogen has been found to be a major cause in migraines, and can potentially cause other problems.

You'll definitly want to talk to your gyn about it though, because depending on your migraines, some regular combined pills may just work for you (I suffer from the occasional migraine, and i'm on a combined pill).


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quote:
Originally posted by lozzy57:
Also, I'd prefer the pill because that means I'll be able to miss out the gap in sets of pills when I go on holiday, because I do a lot of sailing and watersports, and it's just not practical to be bleeding everywhere [Razz]

And just to clarify as well, skipping a set of placebos/off week on the pill will not guarantee that you won't bleed. Some women do still have their withdrawal bleed when they do this. For others, they may have breakthrough bleeding as a consequence of this. (From my own experience, I was never able to skip a withdrawal bleed this way. When I tried it, I still had a light bleed and then spotted for the ENTIRE next cycle.) So don't necessarily think that there's any guarantee with this.

If you're concerned about "bleeding everywhere" and water sports, you might want to consider an option like a menstrual cup (Diva Cup, Keeper, etc.) which will contain the fluid and doesn't have to be changed/emptied as often as with a tampon (you also don't have the toxic shock risk).

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