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Std Birth Defects
This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more
Nope.: Genetic prenatal testing can detect many chromosomal or microscopic dna defects - but it cannot prevent birth defects! 2-4% of all newborns will have a minor or major birth defect and the vast majority of those have unknown genetic underpinnings at this time, although many of us are working to change that. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily to prevent 75-95% of major neural/cardiac fetal anomalies! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do birth control pills offer any protection from sexually transmitted infections (stis), including hiv/aids?
Unlikely: There are 2 reports of a very slight association of birth defects in children conceived whilst mothers were using spermicides. However these were retrospective rather than prospective studies, there are many more studies that refute the likelihood of subsequent birth defects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will birth control pills protect me from sexually transmitted infections (stis), includin hiv/aids?
STDs: Birth control pills will not protect you from anything, including pregnancy (although it makes pregnancy infinitely less likely). Condoms will provide reasonable protection from most stds, but even these can fail because of leakage or breakage. Be careful out there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: The hormones in birth control pills, or Progesterone shots ("depo provera") are not thought to cause birth defects. Many women inadvertently take birth control after they have already conceived and their children do not seem to have any increased risk of birth defects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can birth control pills protect me from sexually transmitted infections (stis), including hiv/aids?
No: No, birth control pills do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections or hiv/aids. They just protect you from pregnancy. The only way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections, including hiv/aids, is through the use of barrier protection (condoms or dental dams). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer