Who shouldn’t take the pill?

We all want to be safe while using medication, however, there are some medical conditions that exclude women from taking birth control pills, either progesterone only or a combination of estrogen and progesterone.  This is why completing your health history and the Sexual Health and History Previsit Form is so important.  It helps us identify any risks for you prior to starting the pill.  If you have questions or concerns about starting the pill, please ask so we can clarify and decide on a birth control option that is right for you.  If you are unable to take the pill, don’t worry, there are other options!

You should not take Combination birth control pills if you have any of the following:

  • Blood clots or history of blood clots
  • History of stroke or heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Known or suspected breast cancer or cancer of uterus, cervix, or vagina
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin) during pregnancy or during previous use of the pill
  • Liver tumor
  • Known or suspected pregnancy
  • If you plan to have surgery with prolonged bed rest
  • Smoke and have high blood pressure
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure or Diabetes
  • Have Lupus
  • Migraines with aura
  • Smoke and are over the age of 35

You should not take Progestin-only birth control pills if you have blood clotting problems that are not successfully being treated.