An Overview of Brevicon and Pregnancy
(norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill
. As with any birth control pill, Brevicon should not intentionally be taken during pregnancy. Although the risks to the fetus are probably minimal, there is no medical benefit for taking Brevicon during pregnancy.
Brevicon and Pregnancy Category X
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category X is given to medications that should not be used during pregnancy, usually due to serious problems that could occur (such as birth defects or miscarriages). A pregnancy Category X rating is the strongest indication that a medication should not be taken during pregnancy.
Although you may have heard that taking birth control pills during early pregnancy is very dangerous, the truth is that doing so probably won't cause any serious problems (even though Brevicon is a pregnancy Category X medication). Many studies have shown that there is no increased risk of birth defects when birth control pills are accidentally taken during early pregnancy. However, Brevicon should never intentionally be taken during pregnancy, as there are no benefits to taking it during pregnancy. It should also not be used in an attempt to prevent (or cause) a miscarriage, as it is not effective for such uses.
If you accidentally used Brevicon for a while before you realized you were pregnant, it probably will not cause any problems (although you should discuss this with your healthcare provider). If you are pregnant, you should stop using Brevicon right away. If you think you may be pregnant, you should contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.