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Can women with spina bifida have intercourse and babies?

Can women with spina bifida have intercourse and babies?

Yes: It is possible for spina bifida females to become pregnant if they have regular menses and are actively maturing ova. The neural tube defect does not by itself preclude the abiltiy to get pregnant provided the endocrine function and uterus/ovaries developed normally. Their fertility should be the same as any other woman. Most important is starting Folic Acid at least 4-5 months before pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Smith
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Spina Bifida (Definition)

Spina bifida is a birth defect involving incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but a risk factor appears to be low levels of folic acid in a woman's body before ...Read more


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What causes a prolapse uterus in women with spina bifida?

What causes a prolapse uterus in women with spina bifida?

Always an issue with: recurrent &/or chronic ?es in intra-abdominal pressure inducing the uterus to descend through the large bony pelvis opening through the pelvic diaphragm muscles which cross the opening, typically larger in women than men. Spina bifida may compromise muscle control/contraction. Study: both "Clinical Anatomy " & "Abnormalities of Pelvic Support" on glowm.com & other anatomy websites for some basics. ...Read more

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Are there any sites that help families with children who have spina bifida?

Are there any sites that help families with children who have spina bifida?

Yes: There are national and local spina bifida associations that you can find on the internet. They are a good source of reliable information on the subject. ...Read more

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I have an occult spina bifida of s1. Will that affect me as a woman?

I have an occult spina bifida of s1. Will that affect me as a woman?

No: This will generally cause no symptoms or problems for you in the future. ...Read more

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Chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida?

Chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida?

Depends on genetics: The epidemiology of this is different depending on your race and culture and where you live. So it is mostly genetic and also dependent on if you have Folic Acid deficiency in your diet. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida.?

What are the chances of a woman with spina bifida having a baby with spina bifida.?

Spina bifida: A woman who has spina bifida has a 1 - 5% risk of having a baby with spina bifida. Taking Folic Acid at higher than usual amounts for at least two months prior to conception will decrease the risk of having a baby with spina bifida. ...Read more

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Who takes care of adult spina bifida after you leave the children's hospital team?

Who takes care of adult spina bifida after you leave the children's hospital team?

Neuro/Ortho Spine: Some pediatric neurosurgeons will follow their patients as adults so check with them. You may need a team to help with bladder, orthopedic, and neurologic problems. For patients with chiari or vp shunts, they will need to see a neurosurgeon to be assessed for concerns for headache, numbness, or weakness. Get referrals from your pediatric providers if possible. ...Read more

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I was born with meningocele spina bifida. I want to have children now that I am married. Who do I see about that?

I was born with meningocele spina bifida. I want to have children now that I am married. Who do I see about that?

Obstetrics/Gynecolog: An ob/gyn dr. Should be able to assess your ovarian function, adequacy of your pelvis, and hormone levels. They will best be able to assess your ability to carry pregnancy as well as guide you through the process. ...Read more

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How can I treat my prolapse uterus naturally? Is it common in woman with spina bifida?

How can I treat my prolapse uterus naturally? Is it common in woman with spina bifida?

Kegel exercises...: are the only natural treatment for prolapsed uterus, but it is only real effective in mild cases. Spina bifida is a risk factor for prolapse uterus due to weakness in the pelvic floor.Kegel exercises can help strengthen your pelvic floor however. There are physical therapists that specialize in teaching Kegel exercises because sometimes it's hard to know if you're doing it right! Ask your gyn! ...Read more