A patient arrives at the clinic for her annual pelvic exam and a refill on her oral contraceptives. The nurse understands the importance of assessing which of the following for a patient on oral contraceptives?


•Hypertension is a common side effect of oral contraceptives. The nurse should assess the patient's blood pressure, as well as for other side effects such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, unilateral numbness of weakness, leg pain, chest pain, and breast pain.

•Oral contraceptives do not commonly have an impact on kidney function, blood glucose, or oxygen saturation.

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