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Modicon and Pregnancy

Although the FDA has classified Modicon as a pregnancy Category X medication, it is probably unlikely to cause serious problems if you accidentally take it during early pregnancy. Many studies have shown that there is no increased risk of birth defects when birth controls pills are accidentally taken during early pregnancy. Modicon should not, however, intentionally be used during pregnancy.

Modicon and Pregnancy: An Overview

Modicon® (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. Usually, women who take Modicon (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 Modicon correctly, your risk of pregnancy increases significantly if you do not use this contraceptive correctly. If you are pregnant, you should not intentionally take any birth control pills (including Modicon). Although doing so is probably unlikely to cause serious problems, there is no valid reason to take Modicon during pregnancy.
(Brevicon®, Necon® 0.5/35, Nortrel® 0.5/35, and Wera™ birth control pills are all equivalent to Modicon. The information in this article applies to these other medications as well.)

Modicon 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 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 very dangerous, the truth is that doing so probably won't cause any serious problems (even though Modicon 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, Modicon should never intentionally be taken during pregnancy, as there are no benefits to taking it during pregnancy. It should not be used in an attempt to prevent (or cause) a miscarriage, as it is not effective for such uses.
If you miss your period while taking Modicon, you may want to make 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. Keep in mind that if you take Modicon correctly (without missing any pills), the risk of pregnancy is quite low.
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