Angeliq and Breastfeeding

Studies on Angeliq and breastfeeding have shown that the hormones in the medication pass through breast milk. These amounts are probably too low to cause any significant problems in a nursing infant. However, the progesterone hormone could cause problems in male babies, as this hormone works against testosterone. Also, the estrogen hormone in Angeliq can decrease the quality and quantity of breast milk. Before using Angeliq, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers.

Can I Take Angeliq While Breastfeeding?

Angeliq® (drospirenone/estradiol) is a prescription medication approved to treat certain menopause symptoms. The hormones in Angeliq are known to pass through breast milk, and may decrease the quality and quantity of the milk. Therefore, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking Angeliq if you are breastfeeding.

What Does the Research Say About Angeliq and Breastfeeding?

Studies have shown that the estrogen and progestin hormones in Angeliq pass through breast milk in low amounts. These small amounts are probably too low to cause significant or long-lasting problems in breastfed infants. However, there is some concern that Angeliq could cause problems in male babies, as drospirenone (one of the hormones in Angeliq) works against testosterone and other male hormones.
Additionally, the estrogen hormones in Angeliq may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Angeliq) are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding. In fact, estradiol (the estrogen in Angeliq) was used in the past to suppress lactation in women who chose not to breastfeed.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Angeliq and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Angeliq and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Angeliq and breastfeeding that is right for you. In most situations, Angeliq is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
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