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Can a Man's Use of Methamphetamines Effect a Fetus?

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Dear Sexperts, I would like to know if there is a possibility of health problems in a baby that was conceived of a father while he was using methamphetamines or who had sex with the mother while she was pregnant with that baby. Thanks! Answer: None of the research that we have found specifically indicates that a child will have any developmental problems if it is fathered by a man who uses illicit drugs, such as methamphetamines. As far as contemporary research has concluded, the ejaculate from an amphetamine user does not contain enough of the drug to cause any drugging of the fetus. However, research suggests that drugs taken before conception can damage male sperm and thus cause birth defects (Narod et al., in Hyde & DeLameter, 2006). In short, it is possible but unlikely that a male's drug habit will effect on a child's prenatal development. If a woman is pregnant, she and the father should be seeing a doctor regularly in order to make sure that the pregnancy is proceeding ... more
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Dear Sexperts, I would like to know if there is a possibility of health problems in a baby that was conceived of a father while he was using methamphetamines or who had sex with the mother while she was pregnant with that baby. Thanks! Answer: None of the research that we have found specifically indicates that a child will have any developmental problems if it is fathered by a man who uses illicit drugs, such as methamphetamines. As far as contemporary research has concluded, the ejaculate from an amphetamine user does not contain enough of the drug to cause any drugging of the fetus. However, research suggests that drugs taken before conception can damage male sperm and thus cause birth defects (Narod et al., in Hyde & DeLameter, 2006). In short, it is possible but unlikely that a male's drug habit will effect on a child's prenatal development. If a woman is pregnant, she and the father should be seeing a doctor regularly in order to make sure that the pregnancy is proceeding ... more
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