Combination pills, the patch and the ring contain 2 hormones – estrogen and progestin. Most pills are combination pills.
Birth control that contains estrogen come with a higher risk of serious side effects than progestin-only pills, the other type of birth control pill, or birth control methods that don’t contain hormones. Certain health conditions increase the risks of serious side effects from estrogen. These serious side effects can include blood clots, stroke, and death. Because of the risk of serious side effects, our doctors will review your answers to our health questions before prescribing any medicine.
If you have high blood pressure, it's not safe to take a combination pill, the patch or the ring. This is why you'll need to tell us your blood pressure. It's important that you give us an accurate blood pressure measurement from the last 6 months.