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Does my baby have a higher risk of a birth defect if his father is over 40?

Does my baby have a higher risk of a birth defect if his father is over 40?

Rarely: The biological clock women face is not as harsh on males.The difference comes with how the sperm is generated vs the egg.New sperm come from stem cells & males can produce healthy sperm well into there 60's, while women are born with all the eggs they will ever have.The egg must survive the years of moms toxic exposures & remain good.Any bad sperm don't swim as well as the good ones. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such ...Read more


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My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

Slightly higher risk: There is a link between paternal age and some birth defects but the overall risk is low. The current scientific explanation is that dna changes occur more frequently in sperm as men ages. The risk is low and increases with the age of the man. ...Read more

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If the father takes antidepressants at conception can the unborn baby be affected or be born with birth defects?

If the father takes antidepressants at conception can the unborn baby be affected or be born with birth defects?

Not likely!: It is highly unlikely that a father taking antidepressants when his wife conceives, would expect any effect on the developing fetus. A large review of women taking antidepressants before and during pregnancy failed to find any major adverse effect. Consider what the effect of a clinical depression, in either mother or father, might have on a developing fetus. Many "self-medicate" w/alcohol, etc. ...Read more

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What are some rare birth defects from older fathers?

What are some rare birth defects from older fathers?

See below: Marfan syndrome, apert syndrome, and achodroplasia are associated with advanced paternal age. ...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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Why didn't anyone tell us there were birth defects in our precious babies born from ivf?

Why didn't anyone tell us there were birth defects in our precious babies born from ivf?

Infor availiable: Slight increase was undoubtably explained to you, check your contract. Birth defects also can occur in non ivf kids as well as learning disabilities. Congrats on giving birth. ...Read more

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Just found out that military babies born with birth defects may be linked to anthrax and gases/ is this true?

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

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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