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Levlite and Pregnancy

Although studies on Levlite and pregnancy show that accidentally taking the birth control pill early in pregnancy will probably not cause problems, pregnant women should never take the drug intentionally. If you are taking Levlite and pregnancy occurs (although this is unlikely), you should stop using Levlite immediately and notify your healthcare provider.

An Overview of Levlite and Pregnancy

Levlite® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. Women should not intentionally take Levlite (or any other birth control pills) during pregnancy.
(Levlite is equivalent to Lessina® and Sronyx™ birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to both of these medications.)

Levlite and Pregnancy Category X

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy 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.
Although it is commonly believed that taking birth control pills during early pregnancy is very dangerous, in reality, doing so is not likely to cause any serious problems, even though Levlite is a pregnancy Category X medication. Large studies have shown no increased risk of birth defects when birth control pills were accidentally taken in early pregnancy. Levlite should never be used in an attempt to prevent or cause a miscarriage, as it is not effective for such uses.
Keep in mind that if you take Levlite correctly (without missing any pills), the risk of pregnancy is quite low. If you miss your period while taking Levlite, you may want to consider making sure you are not pregnant (an over-the-counter pregnancy test should be sufficient), especially if you have missed any of the pills. If you miss two periods in a row, you should definitely make sure you are not pregnant.
If you accidentally used Levlite for a while before you realized you were pregnant, this probably will not cause any problems (although you should discuss this with your healthcare provider). If you are pregnant, you should stop using Levlite right away. If you think you may be pregnant, you should contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.
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