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Old 02-05-2009, 01:29 PM
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Blood Pressure and the Contraceptive Pill

I went to the doctor yesterday to ask for a different contraceptive pill and, as always, they checked my blood pressure. It was high, 150/95!!! The doctor was not the one i normally go to and to be honest i wasn't very happy with her in the consultation. She didn't really explain to me why my blood pressure could be so high, she just said i should go back in 2 weeks and get it checked.

Has anybody else had any experience of high blood pressure whilst on the pill, or any ideas on how i could bring this down?
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:56 PM
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I think this varies from person to person. While I'm sure BC has some effect on your BP, I am positive that lifestyle has a much bigger effect. My blood pressure has actually gotten LOWER every year, and I've been on BC for a while. The only thing that has changed as I got older was my lifestyle. I try to eat healthier, I work out more, and I make a concerted effort to NOT be stressed out, especially about little things. My blood pressure used to be 120/70 and now it's 110/60.

What were your previous readings and how do they compare to what you are now?
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:00 PM
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They were around the 130/75 range. For some reason though the doctor made me feel really flustered. I was telling her about the issues i was having with the pill i was on and she kind of made fun of the fact i had tried quite a few different pills (i suffered with acne a few years back and changed between a couple of pills because of this) and then she questioned me about why i wouldn't try the implant and i just felt stressed and anxious when i got out of the room. I'm wondering whether this made my BP rise?

I will make an appt to see the nurse and have it measured again.
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:03 PM
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Clearly anxiety will make your blood pressure elevate. "White coat" hypertension/bp elevation is common. I would suggest you get a digital bp monitor and check it throughout the day in normal conditions on your own.
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Yes, i have asked my mum to bring her BP monitor over tomorrow so i can check it myself as well.
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^^ I agree. Sounds like your blood pressure probably shot up from being flustered. I'm surprised your doctor took your blood pressure -- the nurses always do mine!
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:12 PM
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I have to see the doctor at least every year for a check up for my pill. They check my BP and my weight themselves. In between this i see the nurse, who checks everything. I guess it's just how they do it at my doctor's surgery.
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Your first number is usually artificially high, and that doctor clearly made you feel nervous. Changing pills numerous times is really normal, and most women have to do that. That's ridiculous that she made you feel bad for it!
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:32 PM
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My normal doctor is lovely. He has never batted an eyelid about changing my pill and it's really easy to explain issues to him. Unfortunately he wasn't available, so i had to see this new doctor. Never again!
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It definitely could have been because of the doctor, but I remember when I first started on the pill they told me that it can lead to BP issues so I had to go in every three months for a prescription for a year... after a year of no BP issues they prescribe it to me a year at a time. Maybe make that appointment to see the nurse and ask her about it?
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:38 PM
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I think i will. I've been on the pill for probably 8 years now and my BP has been fine up till now. I'll check it myself tomorrow and if it's high i'll make an appt to see the nurse.

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My bp went up really high on the pill. I had constant headaches and felt drugged/dizzy so I went to the doctor and it was almost exactly the same as yours. I really have no desire to try another hormonal BC after that...I don't have 4 months to let something "regulate" while I feel constantly sick.
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^One of the reasons i wanted to change brands was because 3 days into my pill break i would get a really bad headache that just knocked me out for a day. When i started taking a new pack after the break i'd feel sick for a couple of days.

I'm hoping that the new pill will help this, as each pill has different levels of hormones in it to mimic a natural cycle. My old pill just had one level of hormones throughout the month.
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I checked my BP twice today and it was 123/75 and then 116/73. Quite a big difference from that taken by my doctor.
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BP can fluctuate widely, so you may just have been anxious when the doc took the reading. As it is now fine I wouldnt worry. Maybe next time you see your doc get there about 10mins early and that will give you time to sit down and relax which will hopefully mean you are less anxious and so your reading should be lower
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^ yes that's a good idea, i'll do that - thank-you. Next time i can see the nurse or my usual doctor though, who are both lovely, so i shouldn't feel as anxious.
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