High Blood Pressure and Birth Control Pills

According to recent studies, birth control pills can increase a woman's chance of developing higher blood pressure than normal. However, most women who develop higher blood pressure while taking birth control pills, will not see rates go above normal. Women whose blood pressure rises too high should consult with their physician to see what other birth control options are available.

Fast Facts:

  • Women age thirty-five and older who smoke while taking birth control pills have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure along with other cardiovascular problems.
  • Women who stop taking birth control pills normally see blood pressure levels return to normal within a few months.
  • Frequent blood pressure monitoring is advised while taking birth contorl pills.