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Retinoids and Pregnancy: an Update

Browne H, Mason G, Tang T.
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2014;16:7–11.
Número: 2907 / Publicado em 06/03/2015 - 16:17

Retinoids are widely used to treat acne, and are known to be teratogenic. When prescribed in women of childbearing age, a pregnancy prevention programme is implemented. This aims to prevent pregnancy during treatment and for at least one month following cessation. Despite these measures, pregnancy still occurs and patients often find it difficult to decide whether to continue with their pregnancy or to pursue a termination.This is compounded by a lack of literature advising professionals on how to counsel these women appropriately and approach their subsequent antenatal care. This article aims to update readers on retinoids, their use and teratogenic effects. It outlines the pregnancy prevention programme and current ways to advise and care for women in which this fails.

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