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A female asked:

Does using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. thanks!

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Dr. Matthew Wilson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
No: It is unlikely to remain in your system very long after exposure. Some bug sprays are considered unsafe in pregnancy, but the risks are low. What is more, certain insect-born illnesses are potentially more harmful, so you'll have to weigh your risks and benefits based on your location. I usually recommend deet-free bug sprays.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016


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