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What Should I Tell My 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
  • Depression
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
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.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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