Lysteda is an FDA-approved prescription medication which is used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. Whether you are planning to become pregnant in the near future or you want to avoid becoming pregnant, you may be wondering if this medication is right for you. Here are some things that you should know about how this medication affects your fertility.
Does Lysteda Stop Ovulation?
It is important to have an understanding of how this medication works. Lysteda reduces heavy menstrual flow by stabilizing a protein that helps blood to clot, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Unlike the birth control pill, it does not contain progesterone or any other hormones. Therefore, it does not stop ovulation from occurring. The medication will not affect your fertility. It is possible for you to get pregnant while using Lysteda, which means that the medication cannot be used as a method of birth control.
Will Future Fertility be Affected?
Since Lysteda is a hormone-free medication, it is not believed to affect your fertility long-term. If you are having a difficult time becoming pregnant after using the medication, be sure to talk to your doctor. Chances are that an underlying health condition could be to blame. Certain health conditions which affect fertility, such as endometriosis, can also cause heavy menstrual bleeding.
Is it Safe to Get Pregnant on Lysteda?
No current research suggests that it is unsafe for women to get pregnant while using Lysteda. Women are recommended to stop using the medication while they are pregnant, however. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, it’s ideal to stop using this medication until you find out for sure. Note that the medication is not recommended to women who are nursing, according to the Lysteda FAQ.
Can You Use Birth Control at the Same Time?
You can use other methods of contraception to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medication. According to the Lysteda FAQ, hormonal birth control methods, such as the pill, can put you at a greater risk of blood clots while you are using this medication. Talk to your doctor about non-hormonal methods of birth control, such as the ParaGard intrauterine device (IUD).
If you are planning to use this medication to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, it’s important to keep in mind that it is possible to become pregnant while you are using it. To reduce the risk, be sure to use a non-hormonal method of birth control. If you are trying to become pregnant or suspect that you could be pregnant, the good news is that conceiving while you are using Lysteda is not thought to harm an unborn baby.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational purposes only. If you’re concerned about your health, consult with a licensed healthcare professional.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration