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Birth Control Pill Warnings and Precautions

Who Should Not Use Birth Control Pills?

Your healthcare provider may not recommend birth control pills in your particular situation if you:
  • Are allergic to birth control pills or any inactive components used to make birth control pills. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive components.
  • Have a history of breast cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
  • Have undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding.
  • Have diabetes that has affected your eyes, kidneys, or blood vessels.
  • Have a blood clotting disorder that causes you to clot too easily or have ever had a blood clot.
  • Have problems with your heart valves.
  • Will be having major surgery that will require you to be immobilized for several days.
  • Have had yellow eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use.
  • Have liver tumors.
  • Are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.

Birth Control Pill Warnings and Precautions: Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which birth control pills should not be used, along with several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before using this form of contraception. However, it is possible that not all the warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific birth control pill warnings and precautions that may apply to you.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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