Hi I am a 19 year old female and have had high blood pressure for about 7 months now. It got up to 160 but its now down around 140. I have been to the doctors and they put me on the 24 hour machine. I am always tired and have headaches mostly everyday! I just dont know what i should do the docs havent done anything? They think it could be the pill i am on but i dont want to go off it as i dont want to full pregnant. My grandparents have high blood pressure could this be genetic? I just dont know what i should be doing?
Welcome to ehealthforum and Iâll be more than happy to help you. Oral contraceptives are known to produce hypertension in around 5% of the females taking the same.
However, this was much more common in the older formulations of OCPâs which contained estrogen & progesterone in much higher concentrations compared to the newer formulations which contain them in much lower concentrations decreasing the chances of complications including hypertension.
Usually, the risk from hypertension, like stroke or heart disease is more common in females taking the OCPâs who are > 35 years of age, are obese or smoke & thus the risk of the complications in young females like you is much less.
However, Iâll still suggest you to discuss the same with your physician and consider some alternative modes of contraception, if possible. Other causes of hypertension should be looked into if the BP fails to come back to normal even after stopping the pills. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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