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Desogen and Pregnancy

If you are taking Desogen and pregnancy occurs, you should immediately stop taking Desogen. The FDA has classified Desogen as a pregnancy Category X medication, meaning that it could cause serious problems if taken during pregnancy (such as miscarriages or birth defects). However, if you accidentally take Desogen before you realized you were pregnant, it probably won't cause any problems.

An Overview of Desogen and Pregnancy

Desogen® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control pill, technically known as an oral contraceptive. As with all oral contraceptives, Desogen should not intentionally be used during pregnancy. Although it is very unlikely for a woman to become pregnant if she is taking Desogen correctly, pregnancy may occur if Desogen is not taken properly.
(Desogen is equivalent to Apri®, Emoquette™, Enskyce™, Ortho-Cept®, Reclipsen™, and Solia™ birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to each of these medications.)

Desogen 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 the serious problems that could occur (such as birth defects or miscarriages).
Although it is "common knowledge" that taking birth control pills during early pregnancy is very dangerous, in reality, doing so is not likely to cause any serious problems. Large studies have shown that there is no increased risk of birth defects when birth control pills were accidentally taken in early pregnancy.
If you miss your period while taking Desogen, you may want to consider making sure you are not pregnant (an over-the-counter pregnancy test should be sufficient), especially if you have missed any of the pills. If you miss two periods in a row, you should definitely make sure you are not pregnant. Keep in mind that if you take Desogen correctly (without missing any pills), the risk of pregnancy is quite low.
If you accidentally used Desogen for a while before you realized you were pregnant, it probably won't cause any problems (although you should discuss this with your healthcare provider). If you are pregnant, you should stop using Desogen right away. If you think you may be pregnant, you should contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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