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You should talk to your healthcare provider about precautions and warnings with the birth control patch before using this form of contraceptive. For instance, make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or cancer. You should not use the birth control patch if you have heart disease, a blood clotting disorder, or liver tumors.

The Birth Control Patch: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using the birth control patch (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol) if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
  • Have an upcoming surgery
  • Weigh 198 pounds or more
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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