Hailey Biebers’ mini-stroke raises questions about birth control pills

Hailey Bieber’s very public hospitalization led doctors to determine a transient ischemic attack (TIA) - also known as a mini-stroke.

Before suffering stroke-like symptoms, Bieber shared that she recently had a COVID-19 infection, was on a long flight from Paris to Los Angeles, and the model has a hole in her heart - on top of that she also takes birth control pills and has a history of migraines.

With the many ailments that Bieber has, doctors weren’t surprised that she had a mini-stroke.

“COVID-19 does increase the risk for stroke, particularly in the first month after you’ve had it,” Dr. Gayatri Devi, a neurologist at Northwell Health in New York City told TODAY.

While eating breakfast with her husband pop superstar Justin Bieber, Hailey experienced numbness on the left side of her body, and all of a sudden she couldn’t speak. Bieber took to Instagram, in a 12-minute video sharing with her followers what exactly happened

“I’m making this video because I wanted to tell this story in my own words.” said Bieber at the beginning of the video “This was the scariest moment of my life.”

When looking into the effects of birth control and migraines, doctors have to examine whether or not the migraines have auras - which is a reoccurring headache that strikes after or at the same time as sensory disturbances i.e. flashing lights. If the migraines do come with aura, there is an increased chance of stroke when the patient is taking birth control.

“Birth control pills are typically not prescribed to patients that have a history of migraines according to Dr. Christine Greves an OB-GYN at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. “if you’re over 35 and have migraines, period, you should not be on birth control,” Greves said to Today.

Stroke symptoms:

  • Numbness or weakness: in the face, arm, leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Confusion: trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech
  • Trouble seeing: in one eye or both.
  • Severe Headache: random, with no known cause.

If someone you know might be experiencing a stoke experts say to act F.A.S.T:

  • F- Face: ask them to smile. Notice if one side of the face droops.
  • A-Arms: ask them to raise both arms. Notice if one arm drifts downwards.
  • S- Speech: say a phrase and have them repeat it. Notice is the speech is slurred or strange.
  • T-Time: if you recognize any of the above it’s time to call 9-1-1.

Experts say there’s no clear reason as to why migraines and birth control can cause strokes and other health issues - they recommended consulting your doctor and doing a thorough examination before taking birth control