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Generic Name
Oral contraceptives
Trade Name
Oral contraceptives
Risk Category
  • Positive evidence of human fetal risk exists.
  • Potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks (e.g. life threatening situations or serious illness).
  • Studies in animals and/or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities.
  • Fetal risk involved in use of drug, clearly outweighs potential benefit.
  • Contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant. Don’t use.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • Estrogenic / progestogenic hormones.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Possible association with acronym renal or Radial and Limb malformation">vactrel (vertebral, anal, cardiae, tracheal, renal or radial, esophageal and limb) malformations.
  • Norethindrone, norethynodrel, hydroxyprogesterone, medroxyprogesterone, and diethylstilbestrol components of oral contraceptives cause musculinization of female fetus.
  • Cause neonatal hyperbilirubinemia if used before or after conception.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Both estrogens and progestins cross into milk.
  • Associated with suppression of lactation, decreased infant weight gain.
  • Compatible with breast feeding but the lowest effective dose should be chosen and infant weight gain should be monitored.
  • Other Trade Names
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