If you are taking Femring and breastfeeding, or plan to start breastfeeding, you should know that the estrogen in this medication passes through breast milk in low amounts. Although these amounts are probably too low to cause significant problems in a breastfed infant, they may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. Before taking Femring, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers.
Can I Use Femring While Breastfeeding?
Femring® (estradiol vaginal ring) is a prescription hormone replacement medication used to treat menopause symptoms. Estradiol, the estrogen hormone in Femring, can negatively affect breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.
Problems With Femring and Breastfeeding
The estrogen hormone in Femring may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Femring) are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
The estradiol in Femring passes through breast milk in low amounts. These amounts are probably too low to cause significant or long-lasting problems in breastfed infants. It is important to remember that the estradiol in Femring is identical to the hormone produced naturally in the human body.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Femring and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Femring 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about Femring and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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