Oestrogen & Blood Pressure
Combined contraceptives contain synthetic versions of the hormones progesterone and oestrogen. Oestrogen can cause a rise in blood pressure, and if this rise is rapid then it can cause a stroke. In the longer term, high blood pressure increases the risk of heart problems and kidney damage in addition to strokes.
What does this mean for me?
Therefore, to ensure that your pill, patch or ring is safe for you to take, the pharmacist will need to check your blood pressure, height, and weight before they can dispense your contraception. These checks are free and will take place in a private consultation room.
We want to make it as quick and convenient as possible for you to get your contraception, but your safety is our number one priority.
For this reason, the combined pill, patch and ring are only available for in-store collection, so that our pharmacists can carry out these free checks every 6 months, and ensure that your contraception is always safe for you to take.
Will the pharmacist see my medical information?
No. Your pharmacist will only check your blood pressure, height, and weight - they will not see any of the private or medical information you provide during your online consultation. Any information you give will remain between you and our General Medical Council registered doctors. You can meet our doctors here.
Where’s my nearest LloydsPharmacy?
Use our store locator to find your nearest LloydsPharmacy, and drop in anytime for your brief assessment and to pick up your contraception.
Please call the pharmacy in advance, so they can tell you the best time of day to come in. This will help to minimise your waiting time in-store if the pharmacy is busy.
What happens if the pharmacist can't dispense my contraception?
If the pharmacist is unable to safely dispense your contraception, you will receive a full refund within up to 3 days, and an email to confirm this.
The pharmacist may advise you to go and see your GP face-to-face if your readings are outside safe limits. This is for your safety, as high results can increase your risk of a heart attack, blood clot, or stroke, when taking the combined pill, patch or ring.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your online doctor via your Patient Record.
What happens the next time I order?
Once you've had these checks, as long as you re-order within 6 months, you can usually get your contraception delivered directly to your door until your next check is due.