Just because a drug is “Category B” and your doctor or a website says category B drugs are OK to take while pregnant does NOT mean it is necessarily safe to take when you are trying to conceive! It just means there are no human studies showing adverse effects on the fetus. (Read here for description of FDA drug categories for pregnancy A-X)
Most medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration are NOT tested on pregnant women because of ethical concerns. In fact, there is no pregnancy safety data for more than 80 percent of prescription and over the counter (OTC) drugs, making it extremely difficult for doctors and pharmacists to provide guidance.
Some very common medicines can sabotage your pregnancy so don’t take anything without reading the label, and asking your doctor if you aren’t sure.
Below are some detailed articles on common medications that impact fertility:
- 15 Prescription drugs that can prevent pregnancy or cause miscarriage
- Which medicines are safe to take while trying to conceive?
- Can Robitussin or Mucinex help you get pregnant?
- Can baby aspirin help prevent miscarriage?