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Can any woman take birth control pills?

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Birth control pills can be taken safely by most women. They are not recommended, though, for women over the age of 35 who smoke. If you don't smoke, you can use hormonal contraceptives until menopause. In addition, you should not take hormonal contraceptives if you have had:

There are other conditions as well that may increase your level of risk that comes with taking birth control pills. If you are not sure if you are affected by one of these conditions, ask your doctor. You should also inform your doctor if you have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, child) who has had blood clots in the legs or lungs.

  • Blood clots in the arms, legs, or lungs
  • Serious heart or liver disease
  • Cancer of the breast or uterus
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Migraines with aura

From: Birth Control Pills WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 5, 2018

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

ContraceptionNet.

Seasonale.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 5, 2018

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