By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Women who accidentally keep taking oral contraceptives after becoming pregnant shouldn't worry about birth defects, a new study suggests. An analysis of nearly 900,000 births found no connection between oral contraceptive use right before or during pregnancy and birth defects in babies, researchers report in The BMJ. “For women who do become pregnant either soon after stopping oral contraceptive use or even if they’re still taking the pill, they should know that exposure is unlikely to cause their fetus to develop a birth defect,” said lead author Brittany Charlton, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
Oral contraceptive use early in pregnancy not tied to defects