Femcon Fe and Pregnancy

Due to the serious problems that could occur, such as miscarriages or birth defects, you should not take Femcon Fe during pregnancy. Femcon Fe is considered a pregnancy Category X medication, which means that you should not intentionally use it while pregnant. However, if you are taking Femcon Fe and pregnancy occurs, it should not cause problems, provided you then stop taking it.

Femcon Fe and Pregnancy: An Overview

Femcon® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive (or sometimes simply called "the pill"). Just like with any birth control pill, you should not intentionally take Femcon Fe during pregnancy. There is no benefit to doing this.
(The information in this article also applies to Zeosa™, a generic version of Femcon Fe.)

Femcon Fe and Pregnancy Category X

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a 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 potentially occur, such as birth defects or miscarriages.
It is commonly believed that taking birth control pills during early pregnancy is dangerous. However, even though Femcon Fe is a pregnancy Category X medication, it will probably not cause any problems if it is accidentally taken during early pregnancy. Many studies have shown that there is no increased risk of birth defects when birth control pills are accidentally taken during early pregnancy.
Often, women are concerned that the "female" hormones in birth control pills can harm male babies. However, remember that all male fetuses are exposed to very high levels of natural female hormones during pregnancy. Even though the risk appears to be small, it is important to note that there is absolutely no reason for using birth control pills during pregnancy. They will not prevent or cause a miscarriage.

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