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Zovia and Breastfeeding

While no studies have been done specifically on Zovia and breastfeeding, research has shown that the hormones in combined oral contraceptives can decrease the quality and quantity of breast milk. Therefore, they are usually not recommended for women who are breastfeeding. Zovia may also cause problems (such as jaundice and breast enlargement) in babies whose mothers take this contraceptive while breastfeeding.

Is Zovia Safe During Breastfeeding?

Zovia® (ethynodiol diacetate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. Although a few birth control pills are safe to take while breastfeeding, most types are not recommended. In particular, "combined" oral contraceptives (including Zovia) should usually be avoided when breastfeeding. Combined oral contraceptives contain two different kinds of hormones (a progestin and an estrogen).
 

Breastfeeding and "the Pill"

Although combined oral contraceptives such as Zovia are quite effective at preventing pregnancy, they are not usually recommended for use during breastfeeding. Combined contraceptives may decrease both the quantity and the quality of breast milk. For this reason, healthcare providers almost always recommend progestin-only oral contraceptives (also known as "mini-pills") instead for women who are breastfeeding. However, progestin-only contraceptive pills are usually less effective than combined oral contraceptives. Of course, other forms of contraception aside from birth control pills can also be used while you are breastfeeding.
 
Research has shown that the hormones in birth control pills do pass through breast milk, usually in very small amounts. These amounts are probably too low to cause long-lasting or significant problems in nursing infants, although more research is necessary to confirm this. There have been cases of problems, such as jaundice and breast enlargement, in babies whose mothers took certain types of combined oral contraceptives while breastfeeding.
 
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