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If a pregnant woman uses a pregnancy Category X medication (such as Estrasorb), pregnancy problems could potentially occur. Although birth defects have not been reported with the estrogen medication, pregnant women should avoid Estrasorb because there is no legitimate medical reason for them to use the drug. If you are using Estrasorb and pregnancy occurs, you should notify your healthcare provider immediately.
Estrasorb® (estradiol emulsion) is a prescription estrogen medication approved for use only in menopausal women. Pregnant women should not use Estrasorb, as there is no medical reason for pregnant women to use it, and the risks of Estrasorb to the fetus are not fully understood.
Estrogen medications (including Estrasorb) are not effective for preventing miscarriages or any other problems in pregnancy.
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 miscarriages or severe birth defects). For Category X medications, the possible risks always outweigh the potential benefits in pregnant women. A Category X is the most serious rating that can be given to a medication.
Although Estrasorb is a Category X medication, it does not appear to increase the risk of birth defects or other problems. However, because there is no accepted, legitimate medical reason for pregnant women to use Estrasorb and because the risks are not fully understood, it should not be used during pregnancy.