Birth Control Pill Warnings and Precautions

There are many birth control pill warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this form of contraception. Birth control pills are not suitable for all women; you should not use the pill if you have heart disease, severe hypertension, or liver tumors. Birth control pill warnings and precautions also apply to women with a history of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack.

Birth Control Pills: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using birth control pills (oral contraceptives) if you have:
  • A history of heart attack or stroke
  • A history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver tumors
  • Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
  • High cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart valve problems
  • Depression
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Will be having surgery
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(This article discusses some of the warnings and precautions of birth control pills in general. For information that is specific to your birth control pill, see your particular pill within
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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