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Safety When You’re Taking a Known Hazard Medicine

Having sex, getting pregnant, or breastfeeding

​​​​​​​​​​Can I touch others?

It’s important to be with loved ones. It’s safe to eat together, enjoy activities together, and touch, hug, and kiss your loved ones.

​​Can I have sex?

Some of the known hazard medicine may be in vaginal fluid and semen during the precautionary period. Ask your healthcare provider if you need to use a condom for sex (oral, anal, vaginal).

Can I get pregnant, get someone pregnant, or breastfeed?

You and your partner should not get pregnant while you’re being treated with a hazardous medicine. Your care team can offer you more information about family planning. If you or your partner gets pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider right away.

You should not breastfeed while you’re being treated with a hazardous medicine. Ask your health care provider about your medicine if you have any questions.

A caregiver who is pregnant or breastfeeding should not handle any known hazard medicine. If they must care for someone who’s in the precautionary period, the caregiver should:

  • always wear gloves
  • wash their hands with soap and water before putting on the gloves and after taking them off
  • talk to their own healthcare provider

Current as of: March 31, 2022

Author: Provincial Hazardous Medication Committee, Alberta Health Services