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Ortho-Novum and Pregnancy

If you are taking Ortho-Novum and pregnancy occurs, you should immediately stop taking the birth control pill. It is not likely to cause any serious problems if you accidentally used it before realizing you were pregnant. However, Ortho-Novum should not intentionally be used during pregnancy, as it may cause birth defects or miscarriages.

Ortho-Novum and Pregnancy: An Overview

Ortho-Novum® is a birth control pill, known medically as an oral contraceptive. If you are pregnant, you should not intentionally take Ortho-Novum (or any birth control pill, for that matter). While it is probably not dangerous to do so, there is no good reason to take the drug during pregnancy.
 
Keep in mind that if you take Ortho-Novum correctly (without missing any pills), the risk of pregnancy while taking it is quite low. If you miss your period while taking Ortho-Novum, 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.
 

Ortho-Novum 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 occur, such as birth defects or miscarriages.
 
Although you may have heard that taking birth control pills during early pregnancy is dangerous, the truth is that doing so is not likely to cause any serious problems, even though Ortho-Novum 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.
 
If you accidentally used Ortho-Novum for a while before realizing you were pregnant, this likely will not cause any problems, although you should discuss this with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, you should stop using the drug right away. If you think you may be pregnant, you should contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.
 
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