It is generally recommended that breastfeeding women avoid Divigel. Breastfeeding women who are using the estrogen medication can potentially pass on the hormone to their infant while nursing. Another problem with Divigel and breastfeeding is that the estrogen hormone may decrease the production and quality of breast milk.
Can I Use Divigel While Breastfeeding?
Divigel® (estradiol gel) is a prescription hormone replacement medication used to treat menopause symptoms such as hot flashes or night sweats. As an estrogen medication, it is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
The Problem With Divigel and Breastfeeding
The estrogen hormone in Divigel is absorbed through the skin, enters the bloodstream, and can pass through breast milk. However, it passes through breast milk in amounts that are probably too low to cause significant or long-lasting problems in breastfeeding infants.
The real problem with Divigel and breastfeeding is that the estrogen hormone in Divigel may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Divigel and many birth control pills) are usually not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Divigel and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Divigel 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 Divigel and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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