Blood Pressure Risk Warning

Different forms of birth control have different effects on blood pressure, and certain pills can increase blood pressure in some women. This is more likely to occur if you’re overweight, have had high blood pressure during a previous pregnancy, have a family history of high blood pressure or mild kidney disease.


The combination of birth control pills and cigarette use may be especially dangerous for some women. A small percentage of patients may develop severe, even life-threatening hypertension and the hypertensive effects are felt long after the pills are discontinued.


This is why we ask for your blood pressure when you attempt to purchase of birth control pills from us, and is also why we strongly recommend that if you are unable to provide us a blood pressure reading (taken in the last 6 months), you do not proceed with your purchase until you have had your blood pressure checked. Knowing your blood pressure will allow us to recommend certain types of birth control pills that are more suitable for you. Not having this information would hinder our ability to work out what’s best. 


Measuring your blood pressure only takes a few minutes, and you can do so for FREE at any Guardian or Watsons pharmacy. 


If you choose to purchase birth control without providing us with a blood pressure reading, you agree that we shall not be responsible for any issues arising from or associated with the lack of a blood pressure reading, including hypertension. 


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