There is currently no approved use for Prometrium in breastfeeding women. However, studies suggest that this and other progesterone medications are generally safe for breastfeeding women and their infants. If you are taking Prometrium and breastfeeding, or if you are thinking about breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks in your particular situation.
Can I Take Prometrium While Breastfeeding?
Prometrium® (progesterone capsules) is a prescription medication that is used as a hormone replacement treatment in postmenopausal women who take estrogen, as well as to cause a period in premenopausal women with who do not have menstrual periods. There is no approved use for Prometrium in breastfeeding women. However, progesterone medications such as this are usually considered safe for use while breastfeeding.
What Does the Research Say About Prometrium and Breastfeeding?
In general, studies suggest that progesterone medications do not affect the quality or quantity of breast milk and do not have negative effects on breastfed infants. In fact, the "mini-pill" birth control pill often recommended for breastfeeding women contains a progestin (a synthetic progesterone-like medication).
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Prometrium and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Prometrium 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 Prometrium and breastfeeding that is right for you. In most situations, this drug is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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