Risk of taking oral contraceptives in patients with a history of migraine with neurological signs

Vivienne F Bernath, Ornella Clavisi and Jeremy N Anderson
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04382.x
Published online: 4 March 2002

"What is the risk of taking oral contraceptives in patients with a history of migraine with transient neurological signs?" A woman with a history of migraine associated with hemiparaesthesia, and possibly dysphasia, attended her general practitioner suffering from irregular and frequent menstrual cycles. The doctor considered treatment with oral contraceptives to control her cycles and possibly relieve her migraine attacks. He asked about the risk of treatment with oral contraceptives, compared with no treatment, in a patient with transient neurological signs associated with migraine.

  • Vivienne F Bernath1
  • Ornella Clavisi2
  • Jeremy N Anderson3

  • Centre for Clinical Effectiveness, Southern Health/Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Clayton, VIC.



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