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Zovia and Pregnancy

The FDA has classified Zovia as a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not intentionally be used during pregnancy, as it may cause serious problems, such as birth defects or miscarriages. However, if you are taking Zovia and pregnancy occurs before you realize it, the pill probably won't cause any serious problems as long as you stop taking it right away.

Zovia and Pregnancy: An Overview

Zovia® (ethynodiol diacetate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive -- one of the many available versions of "the pill". It is available in two different strengths: Zovia 1/35 and Zovia 1/50. As with any birth control pill, it is not a good idea to intentionally take Zovia during pregnancy. Although you are unlikely to become pregnant if you take the drug correctly, your risk of pregnancy increases significantly if you do not take it correctly.

Zovia 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. A pregnancy Category X rating is the strongest indication that a medication should not be taken during pregnancy.
If you miss your period while taking Zovia, 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 Zovia correctly (without missing any pills), the risk of pregnancy while taking it is quite low.
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 Zovia 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, Zovia should never intentionally be taken during pregnancy, as there are no benefits to doing so. It should not be used in an attempt to prevent or cause a miscarriage, as it is not effective for such uses.
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