Birth Control Pills Can Increase Heart Disease Risk for Some Women

For women under 35, taking birth control pills is relatively safe. It’s not a recommended form of birth control for smokers at any age, though. Birth control pills and heart disease are a concern for women older than 35 or who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Here are some signs you should be on the lookout for if you are taking birth control pills:

  • Blurred vision/Double vision
  • Severe headaches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes
  • Pain or swelling in the leg
  • Upper body or arm pain
  • Abnormal (heavy) vaginal bleeding