14 Most Dangerous Side Effects of Popular Birth Control Pills

10. High blood pressure

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You’ll have to get your blood pressure checked before going on the pill. | iStock.com

Though we talked about estrogen being the issue before when it comes to your heart, it’s progesterone that can cause your blood pressure to rise. Verywell explains progesterone has a direct effect on your small blood vessels, which can increase in pressure. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, especially for women, you’re at an increased risk. That doesn’t mean the pill is off limits — it usually just means your doctor will monitor you and switch you to a low-progesterone pill if necessary.

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