STD Home > Discussing Oral Contraceptives With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using 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 (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder disease
- Heart valve problems
- 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 (see Birth Control Pills and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Birth Control Pills and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Oral Contraceptives to learn more, including information on who should not take these drugs.)