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Generess Fe and Pregnancy

As a pregnancy Category X medication, Generess Fe should not be used during pregnancy. Although many people believe birth control pills are dangerous if taken during early pregnancy, research has shown that there is no increased risk for birth defects if birth control pills are accidentally taken in early pregnancy. If you are taking this medication and pregnancy occurs, stop taking it right away.

Can Pregnant Women Take Generess Fe?

Generess™ Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive (or sometimes simply called "the pill"). Just like any birth control pill, you should not intentionally take Generess Fe during pregnancy. Although there is probably not a significant risk, there is no benefit to using birth control pills during pregnancy.

What Is 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 such as birth defects or miscarriages.
It is commonly believed that taking birth control pills during early pregnancy is dangerous. However, even though Generess Fe is a pregnancy Category X medication, it will probably not cause any problems if accidentally used during early pregnancy. Numerous studies have shown no increased risk for birth defects when birth control pills were accidentally taken in 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 high levels of natural female hormones during pregnancy.
Even though the risks appear to be small, it is important to note that there is absolutely no reason to use birth control pills during pregnancy. They will not prevent or cause a miscarriage.
If you miss your period while taking this medication, you may want to make sure you are not pregnant; an over-the-counter (OTC) pregnancy test should be sufficient, especially if you have missed any of the pills or have taken them incorrectly. If you miss two periods in a row, you should definitely make sure you are not pregnant. Keep in mind that if you take Generess Fe correctly (without missing any pills), the risk of pregnancy is quite low.
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