Having high blood pressure can affect most every avenue of your life, even including your sex life. For example, here's one question you'll no doubt ask yourself at one point: Which birth control is safest for high blood pressure? You might be surprised by how many different options are still on the table.
First, though, it's helpful to know which types of birth control aren't ideal for people with high blood pressure. "Combined hormonal contraception, such as the birth control pill that contains both estrogen or progesterone, is not a suitable choice of contraception for people with high blood pressure," Dr. Savita Ginde, a family planning expert, tells Romper. Estrogen could put too much strain on the system, basically. And although medications with both progesterone and estrogen can be effective contraceptives, "for people with high blood pressure, using this type of medication can increase the risk for a heart attack and stroke due to hormonal changes from the estrogen component," Cara Delaney, M.D., MPH, Family Planning Fellow and Obstetrics and Gynecology Instructor for Boston University and Boston Medical Center, tells Romper. This doesn't mean you're at a loss, though. Dr. Ginde recommends having a conversation with your physician to sort through the choices and find the best contraception for your lifestyle. Although it's generally best to avoid extra estrogen, there are still plenty of safe birth control options for people with high blood pressure.