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Do Babies Have Birth Defects If Conceived During Menopause
I took two Accutane pills on february 22 and 23. Each pill is 5 mg. I conceived on may 30. Should I be worried that my baby will have birth defect?
No: The Accutane should be metabolized and out of your system by the time you conceived. Medical guidelines allow for discontinuation of birth control 30 dyas after the last dose at which point the risk is minimal related to accutane. Most of the birth defects associated with Accutane are associated with its use during pregnancy (after implantation of the embryo). Given your timing, minimal risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more
I missed taking my birth control and conceived my baby. I was told my baby could have birth defects because i was taking birth control. Is this true?
None: Birth defects should be expected in approx. 4% of all live births. They are caused by an alteration in a gene, a chromosome, multiple factors or a teratogen - an exposure to a drug, for ex. The pill was considered a causative agent behind some birth defects - one ex. Was the vacterl complex. Consensus today is that there is very little evidence for an association between the pill and defects. ...Read more
Many reasons.: Genetic, environmental, drug teratogenicity, accidental factors all can cause birth defects. 2-4% of all liveborns in the us have a major or minor anomaly at birth. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily starting at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent >90% of open neural tube defects and >75% of cardiac defects! ...Read more
Big controversy!: With all the technology and genetic testing that can indicate fetal problems, we are now faced with the ethical dilemma of terminating pregnancy if a severe defect is found. Many people have extremely strong feelings on both sides. Honestly, it is up to the parents, the ob, the pediatrician, and the geneticist to sit down, explore the information and the parents decide. ...Read more
Just found out that military babies born with birth defects may be linked to anthrax and gases/ is this true?
No: Children born to us servicemembers do have birth defects, but not more often than any other group: 3/100 births. These questions about parents' exposure to chemicals, infections, or stress during war - from vietnam to the present - have been studied within the us military and by outside agencies and contractors. Some anecdotes seem alarming, but no unusual scientific findings have been reported. ...Read more
Dr.Is it true that ladies who get pregnant by self/home insemination will get birth defects/menatally/physicaly retarded babies?
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