Dianette and Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you must take a pregnancy test to check. If you are pregnant, stop taking Dianette immediately and consult your doctor. Dianette is different to other contraceptive pills in that it contains an anti-androgen instead of a synthetic progestogen. Androgens are important in male development and taking Dianette may affect your baby.

Dianette and breast-feeding

If you have just had a baby and are breast-feeding, you should not use Dianette. The oestrogen in the pill can reduce your flow of milk so that you may not produce enough milk to feed your baby. Also, you can pass on a small amount of the hormones in your milk to your child and it is inconclusive as to what effect this has on the baby. Therefore, you are not advised to take Dianette whilst breast-feeding and should wait until your baby has been weaned off before starting the medication.

Starting Dianette after having a baby

As long as you are not breast-feeding, you can start using Dianette 21 days after you have given birth. You will need to use a condom for the next seven days after starting Dianette to give your body time to adjust to the new influx of hormones into the body. You can start anytime after this 21-day period but you will need contraception if you plan to have sex before you start Dianette. You also will not be able to start Dianette at 21 days if you are immobile as immobility can increase your risk of blood clots.

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