Birth Control & Blood Pressure

combined-pill

#1

Hi @Dr_Paula !
I’m about to start the combined pill and was wondering how often should I check my BP, since I have a machine at home; I currently have normal BP. At what BP should I be concerned and think about switching brands/stopping the pill all together and are there any ways to keep my BP within the normal ranges while on the pill?

Thank You!


#2

Hello @qwejj

Apologies for my slow response. About 5% of women have an increase in blood pressure on the pill. The best thing to do is to monitor your blood pressure before you start the pill, 3 months after starting and then yearly after that. If you are at high risk of high blood pressure then you may want to consider a progestagen only method instead.

Many thanks

Paula