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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Will baby be harmed from Provera exposure during pregnancy?

 alb1000 - Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:43 am

My wife had a negative pregnancy test, and was then prescribed Provera pills for 10 days. A few days after she completed the last pill and hadn't started menstruating, she had a positive pregnancy test. We assume she was probably already pregnant during the first test but too early to be detected.

I've read that Provera is definitely NOT safe to be used during pregnancy. I've read about risks of hypospadias and other defects. Her doctor said not to worry, but I'd like an outside opinion of what the risks are. She's now 39 weeks pregnant and there's no apparent problems (ultrasounds have been fine, she DID have some early contractions at week 31 but those were quieted at the hospital on two occasions).

Any inside would be welcome.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:34 pm

User avatar Hello,
I would not expect any adverse effects, particularly if the ultrasounds have been normal. The progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone, necessary in sustaining pregnancy, it should not cause problems when taken early in the pregnancy. Of course it is not something one would continue to take once pregnant but this should not be of concern under these conditions. Of course there is a typical birth defect rate between 3 and 5% under all circumstances so there is no guarantee but it would be unlikely there was a problem relating to her taking this hormone.

Best wishes.

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