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Is it safe to take polyvidone iodine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Geffner
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

For minor skin cuts you can use povidone iodine.
However, you should check with your doctor to determine if that is the best treatment.

In brief: Yes

For minor skin cuts you can use povidone iodine.
However, you should check with your doctor to determine if that is the best treatment.
Dr. David Geffner
Dr. David Geffner
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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Best to avoid

Povidone-iodine, a broad spectrum antibacterial antiseptic.
Iodine absorption can be extensive with vaginal use; avoid douching with povidone iodine during breastfeeding. Some studies have shown the baby's thyroid function to be affected; some have not. All have shown elevated iodine levels in breast milk and in the baby. Effects on pregnancy have not been fully studied; use only if indicated.

In brief: Best to avoid

Povidone-iodine, a broad spectrum antibacterial antiseptic.
Iodine absorption can be extensive with vaginal use; avoid douching with povidone iodine during breastfeeding. Some studies have shown the baby's thyroid function to be affected; some have not. All have shown elevated iodine levels in breast milk and in the baby. Effects on pregnancy have not been fully studied; use only if indicated.
Dr. Stephen Sudler
Dr. Stephen Sudler
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