Migraines with Auras and PCOS

Patient

Q: Hello,

I am 31 years old with PCOS, and have been getting migraines with auras for about a year and a half now, with increasing frequency. I was on an ultra low dose birth control to control the PCOS, but was advised to discontinue usage due to the increasing frequency of the migraines with auras (started at 1 per 3 months and increased to approximately two per month). My doctor prescribed me a progesterone only birth control, which I did not respond well to. My acne issues came back, as well as unwanted hair that is a result of the PCOS. I had constant bloating and also still had sporadic migraines with auras, just not as frequent. My doctor put me back on Mircette about a month ago and had me take .5 pill per day vs. the entire pill. I am not sexually active and not worried about the effectiveness of the pill to prevent pregnancy. Since being back on the pill, I haven't had any migraines with auras until this week, in which I had two, both during menstruation. She just gave me a prescription for propranolol, which I need to start taking daily. Can propranolol prevent migraines with auras? I considered low-loestrin, but was advised not to take it by my pharmacist due to it's androgenic properties and my history with a progesterone only pill.

I am healthy otherwise and not diabetic. I have limited my diet (less red wine, alcohol, chocolate, etc) in attempt limit the migraines with auras.

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions as to how I can control BOTH the PCOS and migraines with auras.

Doctor

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: Ihave lived with chronic migraines (most if my life) and more recently I've been having sleeping issues aa well. I ca...

Q: I have had a bad migraine for 2 days even took sumatriptan with no relief im sick to my stomach and sweating like cra...

Q: I've been having some migraines, three in two weeks, this all started when I started invisalign for my bite, well, no...

Q: Hi, I have a girlfriend who is suffering chronic migraine she has had it since last sunday and hasnt been able to kee...

Q: I have MS (RRMS) and migraines with aura. As of December 5th, I see trails of horizontal and vertical light in my pe...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews