An Overview of Cenestin and Pregnancy
) is a prescription estrogen medication. It is not intended for use in pregnant women. There is also no accepted medical reason for pregnant women to use Cenestin.
Cenestin 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).
Although Cenestin is a Category X medication, it does not appear to increase the risk of birth defects or other problems. However, because the risks are not fully understood (and because there is no accepted, legitimate medical reason for pregnant women to use Cenestin), it should not be used during pregnancy.
Cenestin and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts
If you inadvertently used Cenestin for a while before realizing you were pregnant, it will probably not cause any problems (although you should discuss this with your healthcare provider). If you think you may be pregnant, you should contact your healthcare provider for further instructions. Cenestin should not intentionally be used during pregnancy and is not approved for any use in women of childbearing potential. It is approved only for use in postmenopausal women.