Why we need a blood pressure reading when ordering the combined pill, patch or ring

by The Lowdown · Oct 29, 2021

Blood Pressure Monitor on a Pink Background

When ordering the combined pill, patch or vaginal ring with The Lowdown, you will need to provide us with your recent blood pressure (BP) reading. 

For a small minority of users, the combined pill, patch and ring can cause an increase in blood pressure which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. – In line with national guidance we therefore ask you to get a blood pressure check within 3 months of placing your order and every 12 months to ensure your contraception is safe for you! 

It’s super important and it only takes a quick trip to the pharmacy or you can buy your own blood machine online if you prefer.

Here’s a list of options to choose from: 


If you have a subscription with us, we will contact you before your renewal to remind you to get a BP check. Legally, we cannot renew your subscription without you updating your medical details. 

If your blood pressure is raised, we won’t be able to prescribe your medication and will offer alternatives. Don’t worry – we have an excellent team of doctors who you can chat with about your contraception options. 

If you have any questions about this, email for more details. 

Dr Fran explains why it's important to have a blood pressure reading before being prescribed the combined pill, patch or vaginal ring; where you can have your blood pressure taken, how often you need to have it done and what a healthy reading will look like.
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