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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Is it true if a parent that has schitsophrania has a baby, the baby can be born with birth defects? Such as a hole in the heart or baby as vegetable?
Does roaccutane (accutane) medication for acne cause birth defects in a child if the father is taking it, not the mother?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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