Is Premarin safe for pregnant or nursing women?

Premarin should not be taken if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant because it can harm the baby. Premarin can be detected in breast milk so you shouldn't take it while nursing either.
Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
Premarin is the brand name of an estrogen medication more acurately called 17 beta estradiol. The oral form should not be used by nursing mothers as estrogen has both the capacity to decrease milk supply and is passed through the milk to the infant. The infant has no need of supplemental estrogen and, if the amount the baby recieves is high enough, could possibly develop estrogen related side effects such as vaginal bleeding in infant girls and breast development in all infants.
At the same time, some nursing mothers experience vaginal dryness and pain due to naturally low levels of estrogen in their bodies. Sometimes placing estrogen cream, such as Premarin Cream, in the vagina, relieves this symptoms. After weaning, these women no longer need the extra estrogen.

Premarin should not be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing. Premarin is considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to carry a high risk of causing birth defects. If you find out you are pregnant while taking Premarin, you should stop taking it immediately and contact your doctor. Nursing women should not use Premarin as it can be passed to babies through breast milk.

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