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Who Should Not Use the Birth Control Patch?You should not use the birth control patch if you:
- Are allergic to Ortho Evra, norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol, or any of the inactive components used to make the contraceptive. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive components in the birth control patch.
- Have ever had a blood clot.
- Have a blood clotting disorder (that causes you to clot too easily).
- Have heart disease.
- Have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke).
- Have problems with your heart valves that increase your risk of blood clots.
- Have very high blood pressure (hypertension).
- Have diabetes that has affected your eyes, kidneys, or blood vessels.
- Have an upcoming, major surgery that will require you to be immobilized for several days.
- Have a history of breast cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
- Have undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding.
- Have had yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use.
- Have liver tumors.
- Are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant).