Can you use Latisse during pregnancy?

Can you use Latisse during a pregnancy? What if I found out that I was pregnant and had already been using Latisse, would everything be okay as long as I stopped the treatment immediately?


F, 33, California

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the use of Latisse on pregnant women. My advice is that you stop using it if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. The potential risk of using Latisse outweighs any potential benefit in this regard.

The Latisse solution is a topical bimatoprost ophthalmic solution (active ingredient in Latisse) designed to promote eyelash growth and thickness. The FDA has assigned it a category C rating for use (or non-use) during pregnancy -- meaning that studies conducted on animals have proven it to cause adverse effects on a fetus. Medicines that have not been studied in pregnant women are automatically given a category C rating, but there have yet to be any controlled studies on humans.

After delivery, and assuming you are planning to breastfeed, the manufacturer still cautions against using Latisse as its components can be passed onto the newborn via breast milk.

Simple answer -- you should not use Latisse if you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant. The possible risks associated with this product during pregnancy eclipse the benefits of thick, long lashes. So far, the only well-controlled studies have been done on animals and appear to cause harm to the animal fetus (miscarriages and shorter gestation length, etc. were some of studies’ findings).

Because Latisse is a cosmetic treatment and not medically necessary, there is no reason to put a baby's health at risk. It would be wise to consult your OB/GYN if you plan on breastfeeding, as there is the potential for the nursing mother to pass the active ingredients in Latisse onto the infant.