Women with migraine with aura advised of contraception risk

Certain types of modern contraception could be risky for women who have migraines with aura, a new study has found.

According to research unveiled at this year's meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, these females are more likely to experience deep vein thrombosis and other blood clot complications.

Women have therefore been urged to bear this in mind when deciding how to proceed with family planning.

Dr Shivang Joshi, a specialist at Brigham and Women's Falkner Hospital in Boston, commented: "Women who have migraine with aura should be sure to include this information in their medical history and talk to their doctors about the possible risks of newer contraceptives, given their condition."

The study also showed that migraine with aura is second only to high blood pressure as the biggest cause of heart attacks and strokes.

This put it ahead of health issues such as smoking, obesity, diabetes and a history of early heart disease in the family.

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