Birth Control Pills:
Who should NOT take BCP's
Can anybody take birth control pills?
Almost all teens and young women can take birth control pills. There are only a few reasons why your health care provider might feel that you need to choose other methods of birth control. These reasons are called “contraindications”.
Contraindications for taking combined birth control pills include:
- History of blood clots or genetic problems that cause clotting
- Migraine headaches with aura (spots and wavy flashing lights or trouble seeing that occur 5 to 30 minutes before the headache starts), or neurological symptoms (numbness, loss of speech)
- Certain kinds of heart disease
- High blood pressure that is not controlled with medication
- Surgery or any other condition that prevents you from moving or getting up and walking (immobilized)
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