Treatment with Cytotec during lactation

Mammary glands after Cytotec abortion

From the very first days of pregnancy, women begin to undergo intensive processes to prepare for the birth of a child. In the mammary glands, there are also processes associated with the preparation for breastfeeding that begins.

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If the patient has undergone a medical abortion (or has interrupted the pregnancy in any other way), then the cells of the breast quickly regress and eventually pass into a calm, nonpregnant state. However, not all cells successfully undergo reverse development. Some of them can provoke the growth of knots of a different nature.

As a result of clinical studies, it was determined that a woman who underwent two or more abortions demonstrates an increased risk of developing mastopathy by five to seven times. Patients are advised not to forget about this and, during the first two to three menstrual cycles after medical abortion, visit a mammologist for an analysis of their mammary glands.

It is important to understand that there is no completely safe procedure for abortion. Even after medical abortion, which is the most noninvasive option, it is necessary to be seen by a gynecologist and mammologist (and, in some cases, an endocrinologist), as such will help to ensure the diagnosis of complications at an earlier stage.

Medical abortion and breastfeeding

According to the instructions for the drugs, it is recommended to stop breastfeeding for 14 days after mifepristone and for seven days after Cytotec administration, respectively. Thus, the total period of abstinence from breastfeeding would be 14 days, which could result in the cessation of subsequent lactation and the need to transfer the child to artificial feeding.

During clinical trials, no information was obtained regarding the effects of these drugs on lactation and the body of a newborn baby through breast milk. However, this does not mean that there is no effect.