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Nurse Pract. 2013 Dec 10;38(12):32-7; quiz 37-8. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000437573.68400.c1.

Hormonal contraception and headaches: what are the prescriber's options?

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  • 1Susan Hellier is an Associate Professor of Nursing at School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pa.


This article will review evidence-based hormonal contraception prescribing options in the primary care setting for reproductive age women who experience headaches. Safe prescribing of hormonal contraception requires the nurse practitioner to be able to differentiate between the common primary headache phenotypes, such as the migraine and the tension-type headache.

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