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Femring should not be used during pregnancy, as the full risks of using this medication when pregnant are not known. Also, this drug is only approved for use in menopausal women, and there is no legitimate medical reason for pregnant women to use Femring. If you are taking Femring and pregnancy occurs, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider.

Can I Take Femring During Pregnancy?

Femring® (estradiol vaginal ring) is a prescription estrogen medication used to treat menopause symptoms. Pregnant women should never take Femring. The full risks of using the drug during pregnancy are not known, and there is no accepted medical use for Femring in pregnant women.

Femring and Pregnancy Category X

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medication is used during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category X is the most severe rating and is given to medications that should never be used during pregnancy, usually due to serious problems that could occur, such as birth defects or miscarriages.
Even though estrogen medications like Femring are considered Category X medications, the hormone in Femring (estradiol) does not appear to increase the risk of birth defects or other problems. In fact, estradiol is an estrogen hormone produced naturally by women -- both pregnant and non-pregnant. However, because the risks are not fully understood and because there is no accepted, legitimate medical reason for pregnant women to use Femring, it should not be used during pregnancy.
It is essential to understand that estrogen medications (such as Femring) are not effective for preventing miscarriages, even though they were used for such uses many years ago.

Femring and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts

Femring should not be used by pregnant women. If you used the medication 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.
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