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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)

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

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What is spina bifida?

Spinal cord disorder: The spinal cord forms as an open tube that starts to close from the middle out to the two ends. The entire closure is done by about ten weeks. If the closure is not normal than a condition known as spina bifida occurs. Open spina bifida is when there is an opening in the spinal column to the skin. Closed spina bifida is when there is an opening in the spinal column but it has a thin cover. ...Read more

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What is spina bifida?

What is spina bifida?

Spina Bifida: Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spine does not close around the spinal cord during development. This may be as small as a small gap between the 2 sides, with no buldging out of membranes or nerves, & no associated handicaps, to a large defect with part of the cord exposed outside the body, leading to paralysis and other neurological problems. Folic acid decreases the risk. ...Read more

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Is spina bifida hereditary?

Studies show that: The incidence of neural tube defects (NTD's) like open Spina Bifida would decrease by 70% if all women took 0.4mg of Folic Acid daily from menarche to menopause. However, this dose does not prevent NTD's in offspring of women with variations in several genes involved in folate (folic acid) & homocysteine metabolism. There are also inheritable genetic causes of NTD's that are not related to folate (folic acid) metabolism. ...Read more

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Who discovered spina bifida?

Although depictions: Of people with Spina Bifida go back 12, 000 years, Amsterdam's Dr. Nicholas Tulp named the disorder between 1618-1652. Dr. Giovanni Battista Morgagni an Italian, linked lower-limb deformity & hydrocephalus to Spina Bifida in 1761. Studies show that the incidence of NTD's could decrease by as much as 70% if all women were to take a daily Folic Acid supplement from menarche to menopause. ...Read more

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Do you deal with spina bifida?

Yes: Yes, but rarely. This condition is not common and as a family physician, I see only what comes my way. Spina bifida is usually approached in a team concept, usualy dealing with a primary care doctor (pediatrician, family physician or internest) along with physical therapist, neurologists, neuro-surgeons, physiatrist (physical medicine specialists) and a host of others. There are many issues. ...Read more

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What are the signs of spina bifida?

Spina Bifida: Depends on the type;
1. Spina bifida occulta shows small gap in 1 or more of spinal bones, seen in newborn as a small dimple or birth mark or tuft of hair or fat collection.
2. Meningocele shows as bulging of meninges (sheath around spinal cord) through the opening in back.
3. Myelomeningocele is wider protrusion through several vertebrae, forming a large sac. This is most severe. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spina bifida?

What are the tests for spina bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is usually diagnosed by x-ray for MRI of the lower spine. In the new born it can also be done with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what spina bifida means?

Split spine.: Spina bifida is a generic term used to describe congenital malformations of the spine (typically lower spine). It can be mild to very severe and be associated with a variety of conditions. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about spina bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is a very generic term that covers a lot of disorders of the spine that occur at birth. These can range from defects in the spinal bone to loss of the muscle and skin covering leading to herniation of the spinal cord and roots. There are a wide variety of causes known. ...Read more

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Later side afects of occult spina bifida?

Later side afects of occult spina bifida?

No: Spina bifida occulta results from failure of the two lamina of one vertebra to make a solid bony fusion. The defect is generally bisecting the spinous process vertically. No instability is present. No neurologic dysfunction is present because neural elements are not affected. But associated neurological problems which may be symptomatic are more common in association with spina bifida occulta. ...Read more

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How many forms of spina bifida are there?

How many forms of spina bifida are there?

Many: Embryonic development involves progressive closure of the neuro cord which becomes the spine. This closure may be slightly incomplete (occult) or remain a cyst (meningomyelocele) or remain completely open. In some the pelvis and anus do not develop properly. Nerves to bladder, bowel, and legs may only partially develop. The brain may not develop properly, and hydrocephalus may develop. ...Read more

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How do you deliver baby with spina bifida?

As usual: Delivery of a neonate with spina bifida may require some special attention by the obstetrician, but usually the delivery progresses as normal and the spina bifida is addressed after delivery. ...Read more

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What is spina bifida and how is it caused?

Congenital: This is a failure of the bones to fuse at birth usually in the lower spine. Sometimes the nerves to the legs and bladder are also malformed. So in effect, you are born with it. ...Read more

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How can spina bifida impact someone's life?

To what degree?: If you are talking about spina bifida occulta, there will be no impact. If you are talking about cases with neurologic symptoms, it depends on whether lower nerve roots (sacral) are involved or if spinal cord is involved. People with spinal cord lesions are more susceptible to life-altering events than are those without. ...Read more

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Could my nephew have spina bifida if I did?

Could my nephew have spina bifida if I did?

Unlikely: Spina bifida (there are several types) is associated with some known genetic defects however the majority of cases are spontaneous and most cases are more likely related to folate (folic acid) deficiency during pregnancy. The general answer is that this is unlikely to occur in your nephew. ...Read more

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How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

How can occult spina bifida impact a persons life?

No impact: Spina bifida occulta is manifested by a single defect: failure of the two laminae of a vertebra to achieve bony union with each other. Often times the spinous process is associated with one lamina. Rarely is the spinous process completely absent. The vertebra has normal strength, normal associated joints, ligaments, qnd disks plus no nerve root herniation or compression. Occult = symptom-free. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any of the history of spina bifida?

Spina bifida: Are you asking about the history of spina bifida in the historical literature or the history of patients that present with spina bifida? If you are talking about the written history of spina bifida there a number of good historical research papers that can be easily found on Google or other search engines. ...Read more

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How old does someone with spina bifida usually live?

Live into the Adulth: With modern treatment and medical care these children live into the adulthood these days. ...Read more