Blood pressure and the combined oral contraceptive pill

I take the combined pill – why have I been asked to give a blood pressure reading?

If you take the combined oral contraceptive pill it is important that you supply us with a blood pressure reading to ensure it is safe to continue to give you this medication. If you have high blood pressure types of contraception that contain oestrogen (such as the combined oral contraceptive pill) may be unsafe for you.

How can I take my own blood pressure?

Home blood pressure machines are reliable, easy to use and low cost. Details on using and buying a machine (available from £10) can be found here:

What are the alternatives?

If you are unable to buy or borrow a blood pressure machine there are alternative forms of contraception that do not require you to monitor your blood pressure. Further details on different types of contraception can be found here: