Seasonique and Pregnancy

Due to the serious problems that could potentially occur, such as birth defects or miscarriages, Seasonique should not intentionally be taken during pregnancy. Seasonique has been classified as a pregnancy Category X medication by the FDA, but the birth control pill is unlikely to cause problems if you accidentally take it during early pregnancy. Seasonique should be stopped immediately once you realize you are pregnant, however.

Seasonique and Pregnancy: An Overview

Seasonique™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. As with all oral contraceptives, Seasonique should not intentionally be used during pregnancy.
(Amethia™ and Camrese™ are generic versions of Seasonique. The information in this article also applies to Amethia and Camrese as well.)

Seasonique 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 potentially occur, such as birth defects or miscarriages.
Even though Seasonique is a pregnancy Category X medication, it is not likely to cause any problems if it is accidentally used 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.
Because you will only have your period four times a year while taking Seasonique, make sure you are not pregnant any time you miss your period, or if you have any other reason to suspect that you may be pregnant. Do not wait until you have missed two periods, as is often recommended with traditional birth control pills, since this will be several months away.

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