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Methadone and Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

Methadone use during pregnancy is much safer than other opiates and does not cause your baby to be born with deformity or disease.


Going though withdrawal while pregnant can be dangerous for your baby. A baby born to a mother on methadone may experience withdrawal symptoms when they are born. This is treatable and has not been shown to cause any long-term harm to the baby.


Methadone and Birth Control: What can I do?

  • Abstinence (NO Sex)
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Male/Female Condoms
  • Depo-Provera Shot
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)
  • Contraceptive Patch
  • Diaphragm 



Use of street drugs can affect your body's natural cycle and stop your periods but your period will also stop if you are pregnant. 


Methadone makes you healthy again and your periods will likely return, making it easier to get pregnant.


It is possible to become pregnant even if you haven't got your period back yet.


More Information:

Community/Alcohol Drug Assessment Program

294 Willow Avenue

Sault. Ste Marie, ON P6B 5B7

(705) 759-1844


Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: June 1, 2015