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How taking the Pill ended with a mother-of-two collapsing on the kitchen floor.

Four years ago, mother of two Natalie Trickett walked into her kitchen and collapsed.

She started to lose feeling in the right side of her face, could not longer feel her lips and began to hallucinate.

Her mum rushed her to the doctors, where she was told she was experiencing a migraine and was sent home with tablets and told to rest.

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Natalie was told she had a migraine. Instead, she was suffering a stroke. Image via Facebook.

She was told to have an eye test the next day, and as soon as the test was complete, the then 28-year-old was rushed to Royal Blackburn Hospital in the UK.

The optician could see that Natalie had suffered a stroke.

Natalie was so "shocked" by the news, and "panicked and fainted".

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Natalie was so shocked by her diagnosis she "fainted" at the news. Image via Facebook.
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"It was all a bit of a blur," she told The Mirror of the experience.

Hospital specialists told the young mum that her stroke was caused by her contraceptive pill, Microgynon, which she had been taking for about a year.

"Strokes are a potential risk of the pill as they can lead to an increased risk of blood clots," Natalie said.

"There was no other reason for me suffering a stroke at such a young age. I don't drink or smoke and they checked out my heart and everything was fine with that."

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Four years on, and Natalie, now 32, has made a near-full recovery.

"I have blank spots in my vision and I can't do things like play tennis any more because I can't see the ball properly," she said.

She is now a carer for her nine-year-old son, Luke, who has disabilities, and is also a mum to Logan, 8.

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Natalie with her two sons, Luke and Logan. Image via Facebook.

She wants to raise awareness of the potential side effects of the contraceptive pill.

"People assume strokes only happen to older people over the age of 50 and I probably thought the same before it happened to me."

For the most part, the pill is safe and highly effective form of contraception, and the risk of stroke as a side effect is very small.

When choosing the right contraception for you, a doctor or nurse can give you information about the benefits and risks of using oral contraception.