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Can past hard drug abuse damage the ova in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

Can past hard drug abuse damage the ova in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

No: The ova is already formed before any environmental influences. However, after conception, current drug use can affect the baby, but not previous activity. ...Read more

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Is it possible that past hard drug abuse damage the ova (egg cells) in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

Is it possible that past hard drug abuse damage the ova (egg cells) in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

I have been trying: To find information on this, but the information seems to be focusing on maternal use during pregnancy and not before. It is also heavily focused on alcohol and cigarettes, with results showing that the children of women who smoke or drink have decreased attention spans. I believe, however, that your hypothesis is indeed possible. Perhaps one of my colleagues has found some research on this. ...Read more

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What are some of the birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide? What was the drug used for?

What are some of the birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide? What was the drug used for?

Limb loss: Thalidomide was originally marketed in britain as a nausea drug during pregnancy. It later became evident that about 30% of women who used it during the 4-7 wk (when arms & legs were forming) gave birth to infants with defects. These ranged from absence of one or more limbs to malformation of the limbs that formed. ...Read more

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Can doing drugs cause a mutation in sperm, which leads to birth defects?

Can doing drugs cause a mutation in sperm, which leads to birth defects?

See responce: Vague question, which particular drug? Lenght of use?
An occasional use may not be detrimental (this is no approval of use), ...Read more

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I am curious if guys use drugs heavily, do they have a chance for birth defects?

I am curious if guys use drugs heavily, do they have a chance for birth defects?

Probably: While it is known that alcohol, tobacco, and many drugs used by a pregnant woman can have negative effects on her baby, the effects of paternal drug use are less clear. What is known is that many drugs reduce sperm production, or damage sperm, increasing the risk of infertility in men. Also, animal studies show that many drugs given to the father can result in birth defects in their offspring. ...Read more

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Was there a drug for acne around 1970 that caused major birth defects?

Was there a drug for acne around 1970 that caused major birth defects?

Accutane?: If you're thinking of accutane, it was introduced in the early 1980s. It does cause birth defects, so patients taking it must enroll in the ipledge registry to ensure that they do not become pregnant while taking it. ...Read more

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Will there be birth defects on fertility medications or viagra (sildenafil) drugs?

Will there be birth defects on fertility medications or viagra (sildenafil) drugs?

NO EFFECTS: Birth defects occur if mother gets sick or take medications during the first trimester of pregnancy or exposed to sick person during that time and other unknown factors. ...Read more

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How some drugs cause birth defect in pregnant womans? .Can it alter a baby's normal growth by producing some chemicals or change DNA & cause mutation?

How some drugs cause birth defect in pregnant womans? .Can it alter a baby's normal growth by producing some chemicals or change DNA & cause mutation?

All of the above: All of the things you mentioned can happen. In addition, some drugs can block certain steps in the formation of proteins needed to build the body, and then abnormal proteins form and defects occur. There are sooooo many different ways drugs and chemicals can affect the growing body - we probably don't even know al of them yet. ...Read more

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What is the drug they used to give to pregnant women to treat acne that caused birth defects?

What is the drug they used to give to pregnant women to treat acne that caused birth defects?

Accutane: Because of teratogenic potential, this drug is therefore very tightly regulated. ...Read more

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How does Accutane not affect your fertility after? It's so serious in causing birth defects while on the drug and messes up hormones, how is it safe?

How does Accutane not affect your fertility after? It's so serious in causing birth defects while on the drug and messes up hormones, how is it safe?

Who says it's safe?: It is one of the more toxic drugs, and the only reason we use it is because for some people, the pain of living with severe acne makes its risks worthwhile. Accutane acts on rapidly growing tissues, which is why it is contraindicated in pregnancy; but it does not appear to be as toxic to ovaries and eggs as it is to an embryo or a fetus. ...Read more

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Fertility doctor prescribed dexamethadone to prevent miscarriage. My wife has been on the drug for a week. We found research that concerned us concerning birth defects with the drug. Any thoughts?

Fertility doctor prescribed dexamethadone to prevent miscarriage. My wife has been on the drug for a week. We found research that concerned us concerning birth defects with the drug. Any thoughts?

Need more details: Don't know why your wife was given dexamethasone, but don't stop it suddenly without discussing w/your doctor. Don't believe all you read during your research without discussing that as well. ...Read more

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Can a father's drug use during conception cause birth defects - for example cocaine, opioids, depressants, stimulants, LSD/Ecstacy?

Can a father's drug use during conception cause birth defects - for example cocaine, opioids, depressants, stimulants, LSD/Ecstacy?

Major drug abuse: A history of major drug abuse can cause damage to male reproductive health - but it would not be from a single use at the actual time of conception. I'd also think hard about the maturity and responsibility toward a potential child that you might expect from a man who abuses drugs enough to cause harm to his body. Creating a Life is serious business - even more than sex (which is too!) Be safe. ...Read more

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Child with birth defects?

Child with birth defects?

And your question is: If you have a specific question please ask it. As written this collection of words does not provide enough detail to be an answerable question. ...Read more

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What are the most common birth defects?

What are the most common birth defects?

See below: About 3% of the babies are born with birth defects and there are about 20 common defects. You may wish to consult the webpage below to get more details.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/data. Html. ...Read more

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What percent of babies have a birth defect?

What percent of babies have a birth defect?

About 3%: About 3 out of every 100 babies are born with some type of birth defect. Some can be very minor, and some are more serious. Some disease (like diabetes in the mother), or use of some medications in pregnancy can increase the risk of a baby having a birth defect. ...Read more

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Can birth defects occur because of the environment?

Can birth defects occur because of the environment?

In some cases: In the classical case, mercury in the waste water from a factory in japan fouled the fish they caught & ate. Pregnancies exposed to these fish often produced babies with small heads & brain damage. ...Read more

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Birth defects are on the rise. What could cause this?

Many reasons: First, are they really increasing, or are they just living. Up until recently in history most of those pregnancies with defects would miscarry or the baby die rapidly after birth. Now we save these pregnancies and children. However, if increase, it is likely the many environmental exposures we have in the industrial age, both in the air we breath and perhaps the foods we eat. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Birth defects?

What is the definition or description of: Birth defects?

Birth Defects: A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or due to environmental influence. ...Read more

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I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. What do I do?

I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. What do I do?

Time for consultatn: I would consult with your OB about available forms of testing. There are both screening and more specific tests for a variety of issues. High resolution ultrasound can detect many structural defects while blood tests or amniocentesis can detect others. There is no overall test that could guarantee a given baby does a problem that is missed by the usual screening. ...Read more

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Are there any birth defects that are always associated with retardation?

Are there any birth defects that are always associated with retardation?

Genetic anomalies: Chromosomal abnormalities are major known causes for mental retardation. Down syndrome and fragile x syndrome are well known examples. ...Read more

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How can you prevent birth defects?

How can you prevent birth defects?

Pretty limited: Some birth defects such as fetal alcohol syndrome, defects associated with use of Accutane during pregnancy, and neural tube defect associated with Folic Acid deficiency are some examples whose occurrence can be minimized at least if not totally preventable. ...Read more

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Why so many birth defects in india?

Many factors: Poor hygiene, poor follow up and diagnostics for pregnant women, close relative marriage, acute and chronic disease, physical abuse of women and, probably, other causes. ...Read more

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Does ureaplasma cause birth defects?

Ureaplasma: Ureaplasma infection is associated with premature births as well as spontaneous abortions. During birth the organism can also infect the newborn and cause meningitis, pneumonia or septicemia (blood infection). ...Read more

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Can listeriosis cause birth defects?

Can listeriosis cause birth defects?

Stillbirth: Our biggest concern is that listeria infection in the expectant woman can cause death of her fetus. There have been cases traced to eating contaminated cheese and cold cuts. Please see my guide on what food to feed your family (and fetus); there are two answers and links to food safety there. ...Read more

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Can spermicides cause birth defects?

Can spermicides cause birth defects?

Unlikely: There are 2 reports of a very slight association of birth defects in children conceived whilst mothers were using spermicides. However these were retrospective rather than prospective studies, there are many more studies that refute the likelihood of subsequent birth defects. ...Read more

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Can radiotherapy cause birth defects?

Can radiotherapy cause birth defects?

Yes: There is a possibility that if the ova or sperm are exposed to radiation then genetic changes can occur. Patients are told to wait 6 months before getting pregnant. ...Read more

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Could an epidural cause birth defects?

NO: Birth defects happen early in the pregnancy for the most part. An epidural happens in labor - it can't possibly cause a birth defect. ...Read more

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Is it possible to prevent birth defects?

Not all.: Some birth defects, like spine problems can be reduced by taking your prenatal vitamins. Others, like fetal alcohol syndrome can be completely prevented by no alcohol in pregnancy. Most though can't be predicted or prevented. ...Read more

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