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Depo-Testosterone and Breastfeeding

Depo-Testosterone (testosterone cypionate) is not recommended for use in women who are nursing, as it is unknown if the medicine passes through breast milk or if it would harm a nursing infant. Although this medication is only approved for use in men, women occasionally use it "off-label." However, the manufacturer of the drug warns that breastfeeding women should not use Depo-Testosterone.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Depo-Testosterone?

Depo®-Testosterone (testosterone cypionate) is a prescription medication approved for use only in men, as it contains testosterone. The manufacturer of this medication warns that breastfeeding women should not use Depo-Testosterone.

More Information on Depo-Testosterone and Breastfeeding

It is not known if testosterone (the active ingredient in Depo-Testosterone) passes through breast milk in large amounts or if it could cause problems in breastfed infants. There might be a particular concern for female infants.
Also, testosterone was once used to suppress lactation in women who chose not to breastfeed. It seems that testosterone inhibits prolactin, a hormone important for breastfeeding. Because Depo-Testosterone has the potential to decrease your breast milk supply and may increase the risks for postpartum blood clots, you should not use Depo-Testosterone while breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Depo-Testosterone use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you. In almost all circumstances, it is probably not a good idea for breastfeeding women to use this medication.
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