oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Contraception for teratogenic medications : review

Volume 77, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Each year large numbers of women of child-bearing potential take medication for various disease conditions and each year large numbers of women fall pregnant, and these groups are not mutually exclusive. Some of the medications taken by women of childbearing potential may cause birth defects and congenital abnormalities in their offspring. It is thus important for health professionals to ensure that women taking these potentially teratogenic medications do not fall pregnant and / or that potentially teratogenic medicines are not used in women of child-bearing potential. This article takes a look at medicines as teratogens, the teratogenic risk categories of medications and also provides a brief overview of contraceptive efficacy and choice of contraception for women taking medicines with teratogenic potential.

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