Some aspects of women’s lives can increase our risk of a stroke, like the contraceptive pill, pregnancy and having migraines. But for most women, taking care of your health and managing your risk factors will help you avoid a stroke. Find out more about health conditions and medication linked to stroke in women, plus tips for healthy living.
This guide explains some of the risk factors for stroke that only affect women, and offers other sources of information and support that you may find useful.
The Orchard Women after Stroke Group provides peer support for those affected by stroke in the Southern Trust Area.
Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is an unusual form of stroke. It is little researched largely because it accounts for less than 1% of all strokes. The study will provide a much better understanding for the reasons underlying CVT, which is an unusual but very important cause of stroke in young (mainly female) adults.
Anyone can have a stroke, although there are some things that make you more at risk than others.
You might be given blood-thinning medications after you've had a stroke, to help you avoid another one. Or you might need blood-thinning medication if you have a health condition such as a heart problem or blood-clotting disorder which could lead to a stroke.
Donate to the Stroke Association and help those affected by stroke in your local area. Live in Northern Ireland? Donate to Northern Ireland.
It can be difficult and embarrassing to talk about sexual issues, but it's important you get the help you need when it comes to sex after stroke. This guide explains how stroke can bring about physical or emotional changes that can impact on your sex life.
If you're looking for more ways to fundraise, have you thought about donating your scrap car, or recycling your old cartridges?
Migraines have not been shown to cause stroke, but if you have migraine with aura you have a very slightly higher risk of stroke. Learn more about the relationship between migraine and stroke.