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Estrace (estradiol) is typically considered a pregnancy Category X medication, which means that it should not be used during pregnancy. Estrace may cause problems during pregnancy, and there is no legitimate medical reason for pregnant women to use this medication. If you are using Estrace and pregnancy occurs, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.
An Overview of Estrace and PregnancyEstrace® (estradiol) is a prescription estrogen medication. Pregnant women should not intentionally use Estrace. Also, there is no accepted medical reason for pregnant women to use this medication.
Estrace and Pregnancy Category XEstrace is almost always considered a pregnancy Category X medication, although this terminology is not used in the prescribing information of Estrace. This is common in older medications like Estrace.
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 Estrace is a Category X medication, it does not appear to increase the risk of birth defects or other problems. However, there is no accepted, legitimate medical reason for pregnant women to use Estrace. Also, the risks of this medication are not fully understood.