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Can toxoplasmosis infection in a man cause birth defects?

Can toxoplasmosis infection in a man cause birth defects?

Unlikely: Toxoplasmosis toxicity to the fetus causing birth defects is due to the organism traveling across the placenta. So it requires the mother to be infected. Toxoplasmosis is not transmitted by sexual contact. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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33 weeks preg and I have a yeast infection! My doctor prescribed one pill of the Fluconazole! Read on Internet that can cause birth defects! True ?

33 weeks preg and I have a yeast infection! My doctor prescribed one pill of the   Fluconazole! Read on Internet that can cause birth defects! True ?

Safe: one pill for vulvovaginitis yeast infection at this stage of pregnancy is safe, only much higher doses over a long period earlier in pregnancy might be of concern, trust your doctor, wish you a healthy pregnancy and and a healthy baby, good luck ...Read more

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Does azathioprine cause cause birth defects in men?

Does azathioprine cause cause birth defects in men?

Data presented on : This site http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/m/pubmed/15023170/ suggest an ?ed risk of congenital abnormalities. Since affected progeny had the same disorders as their fathers, a causal association with an immunosuppressant could not be proven. Please consult your wife's ob-gyn & request a pre-pregnancy visit with a prenatal genetic counselor to assist you in decision-making. ...Read more

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Can cigars cause birth defects if your man smokes?

Can cigars cause birth defects if your man smokes?

Cigars: Your exposure to cigars really is related to second hand smoke. Birth defects are not associated with cigar smoking in the male. Smoking cigars or cigarettes increases your risks for pregnancy complications. ...Read more

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If a man is taking vicodin Zanaflex (tizanidine) and nuerontin can it cause birth defects if my wife gets pregnant while im on this medicine ?

If a man is taking vicodin Zanaflex (tizanidine) and nuerontin can it cause birth defects if my wife gets pregnant while im on this medicine ?

No.: There little to no evidence linking paternally ingested drugs to birth defects. The paternal contribution to birth defects had to do with age (more autosomal dominant rare but severe traits can manifest after de novo mutations in the spermatozoa) and family history and not generally with drug exposure. ...Read more

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Can my boyfriends chemotherapy from december to april cause birth defects if i became pregnant in september?

Can my boyfriends chemotherapy from december to april cause birth defects if i became pregnant in september?

Hard to say: Depending on the type of chemo, he could be infertile for some period. If not totally infertile, the sperm affected by the chemo would likely be weak swimmers,allowing the unaffected sperm through to do the deed.It would be a good idea to have a discussion with the docs involved before you start trying to clear up the issue. ...Read more

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Could propecia (finasteride) potentially cause birth defects in my kids? I will have used it for ~10 years by the time i plan on having them

Could propecia (finasteride) potentially cause birth defects in my kids?  I will have used it for ~10 years by the time i plan on having them

YES - DO NOT TAKE!: Pregnancy category x - abnormalities of external male genitalia were reported in animal studies. Pregnant women are advised to avoid all contact with crushed or broken tablets! ...Read more

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Can topamax (topiramate) cause birth defect after been off it for 3 months or how long should I consider been off it for me to try to get pregnant?

Can topamax (topiramate) cause birth defect after been off  it for 3 months or how long should I consider been off it for me to try to get pregnant?

Off 3 months-OK: If you have been off topamax (topiramate) 3 months, you should be fine starting to try to get pregnant. You should start prenatal vitamins now when trying, so when you do get pregnant, the growing baby has the benefit of those meds early in the first trimester. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can allergy shots cause birth defects ?my wife and I plan to have try for a kid she concerned about it.its me that may need them .about to get testing

Can allergy shots cause birth defects ?my wife and I plan to have try for a kid she concerned about it.its me that may need them .about to get testing

No evidence: Since the allergens used in the extracts are "natural" , they are not known to cause birth defect. Allergy shots should not be started when a woman is pregnant- not because of birth defect but because of the potential for an anaphylactic reaction. There is no restriction for the father. ...Read more

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8wks preg and have been taking zofran (ondansetron) as needed. heard it causes birth defects. i dont take it daily just as needed. will the baby be ok?

8wks preg and have been taking zofran (ondansetron) as needed. heard it causes birth defects. i dont take it daily just as needed. will the baby be ok?

Category B=safe: This drug is listed as a category "B" drug during pregnancy. This label is applied to drugs where existing studies show no fetal effect in the 1st or later trimesters. Since there is a lack of large scale studies on this and many other meds, it cannot be put in class A, the safest, but it is about as safe as true research can show. ...Read more

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Can i drink reed's extra ginger brew (26mg fresh ginger) in 1st trimester? I have been for m/s, but read too much ginger can cause birth defects & m/c

Can i drink reed's extra ginger brew (26mg fresh ginger) in 1st trimester? I have been for m/s, but read too much ginger can cause birth defects & m/c

Safe in moderation: It is wise to be cautious re: the use of all herbs in the 1st trimester ; yes, too much ginger may be harmful. Research shows up to 1000 mg a day in divided doses is safe ; effective so the 26 mg in reed's ginger brew is quite safe. However, it has lots of sugar so consider making fresh ginger tea with honey to sweeten it. See http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/qaa400749/avoid-ginger-while-pregnant.Html. ...Read more

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What to do if i lived near a "superfund site", did it cause my child's birth defects?

What to do if i lived near a "superfund site", did it cause my child's birth defects?

No way to know: Birth defects can have soooo many possible causes, there is really no way to know if it's from your environment. It could also have been from a virus you had during pregnancy, defects in your genetic code/dna, something you ate undercooked, cigarette smoke you were exposed to, a vitamin deficiency. It is difficult if not impossible to pinpoint causes of most birth defects. ...Read more

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Can the prolonged use of Pueraria Mirifica 500mg cause birth defects if in the future I decide to have children, even if I have stopped it?

Can the prolonged use of Pueraria Mirifica 500mg cause birth defects if in the future I decide to have children, even if I have stopped it?

No, but...: No, prolonged use won't have an effect. However, since it compmfsims phyroestrogens, which are chemicals that are similar to estrogen, you should not take it when you are pregnant. ...Read more

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Used over-the-counter whitening tray once last week and found out yesterday I am pregnant. Can it cause birth defects?

Used over-the-counter whitening tray once last week and found out yesterday I am pregnant. Can it cause birth defects?

Generally safe: Over the counter whitening trays are generally safe to use. However, limited information is known about potential effects during pregnancy and therefore should be avoided. ...Read more

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If I used something doctors used to give to pregnant women to stop morning sickness is it possible that caused birth defects?

If I used something doctors used to give to pregnant women to stop morning sickness is it possible that caused birth defects?

Morning sickness: Depends upon the medication taken. There are currently many medications available for morning sickness that have been well researched and not shown to be associated with birth defects. Discussing which medication was taken will help in guiding you about possible effects on this pregnancy. ...Read more

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I own a cat and i've just married and planning to get pregnant do owning a cat cause any complications for being fertile or getting birth defects ?

I own a cat and i've just married and planning to get pregnant do owning a cat cause any complications for being fertile or getting birth defects ?

Cats and pregnancy: Cats can transmit toxoplasmosis thru their feces, so we recommend that pregnant women not change cat litter during the pregnancy. Otherwise petting and caring for a cat is not a problem in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

An infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more