Yohimbe is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Yohimbe may cause relaxation of the uterine muscles and may be toxic to the fetus. Although yohimbe is a "natural" product, it is not necessarily safe. If you are already taking yohimbe and pregnancy occurs, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
An Overview of Yohimbe and Pregnancy
Yohimbe is an herbal supplement that is most often used for sexual enhancement. Yohimbe is not recommended for use during pregnancy, as there are concerns about the safety of yohimbe in pregnant women.
Is Yohimbe During Pregnancy Safe?
Many women try to avoid medications in pregnancy and turn to herbal remedies as an alternative, assuming that "natural" automatically means "safe." However, natural products can be quite toxic. For instance, many poisons and toxins are natural products.
Yohimbe is not considered safe for pregnant women. There are concerns that it may cause relaxation of the uterine muscles and that it may be toxic to the fetus.
Yohimbe and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement. You and your healthcare provider can consider the possible risks and benefits of using yohimbe in your particular situation, as well as any treatment alternatives that may be appropriate for use during pregnancy.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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