Kelnor and Pregnancy

If you are taking Kelnor and pregnancy occurs, you should immediately stop using the birth control pill. The FDA has classified Kelnor as a pregnancy Category X medication, meaning that it should not be taken during pregnancy, due to the potentially serious problems that could occur. However, if you accidentally take Kelnor before realizing you are pregnant, it probably won't cause any significant problems.

Kelnor and Pregnancy: An Overview

Kelnor™ (ethynodiol diacetate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. As with any birth control pill, it is not a good idea to intentionally take Kelnor during pregnancy (although doing so is probably not likely to cause significant harm).
Usually, women who take Kelnor (or other birth control pills) during pregnancy do so unintentionally, taking them in early pregnancy before they realize they are pregnant. While it is unlikely for you to become pregnant if you take Kelnor correctly, your risk of pregnancy increases significantly if you do not take it correctly.

Kelnor 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 the 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 dangerous, the truth is that doing so is not likely to cause any serious problems, even though Kelnor 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, Kelnor should never be taken intentionally during pregnancy, as there are no benefits to doing this. It should not be used in an attempt to prevent or cause a miscarriage, as it is not effective for such uses.

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