When a pregnant woman takes a Category X medication such as AndroGel (testosterone gel), pregnancy problems could occur. Studies have shown that when pregnant animals are exposed to androgens, there is a definite risk of masculinization of the genitals in female fetuses. If you are pregnant and are exposed to AndroGel through vigorous skin-to-skin contact, make sure to immediately wash the affected area.
Can I Use AndroGel During Pregnancy?
AndroGel® (testosterone gel) is a prescription testosterone medication approved only for use in men. It is not safe for use by pregnant women.
AndroGel and Pregnancy Category X
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category X is given to medicines that cause problems to the fetus in animal studies or in humans who have mistakenly taken the medicine.
Because it would be unethical to give AndroGel to pregnant women, the use of the drug in pregnant women has never been studied in a clinical trial. However, we know about the problems AndroGel might cause based on problems seen with testosterone or other androgens given to pregnant animals (and based on a few cases of testosterone exposure to pregnant women).
When pregnant animals or women are exposed to androgens, there is a definite risk of masculinization of the genitals in female fetuses. The risk for the most dramatic changes occurs with early first-trimester exposure, although exposure at any time during pregnancy can cause some genital changes.
Can My Partner Use AndroGel While I Am Pregnant?
As long as you both take appropriate measures, it is fine for your partner to use AndroGel while you are pregnant. However, you can be exposed to the medication through vigorous skin-to-skin contact with the area on which the gel was applied, even hours after it is applied. AndroGel dries on the skin and slowly releases testosterone into the bloodstream all day long until it is washed off. If you think you have been exposed to AndroGel, wash the affected area thoroughly right away.
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