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Pregnant. What would be the effects of meprate tablets for 14 days on the fetus? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 01-Mar-2013
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Doctor:hi
User:hi...
User:my wife s 9 weeks pregnant.... but this was an unplanned pregnancy...
Doctor:ok
Doctor:so , are u planning to continue it ?
User:since there was function at home and she didn't know that she was pregnant... she took meprate tablets for 14 days to postpone her periods
User:once she stopped the tablets, she had heavy bleeding for 6 - 7 days...
Doctor:ok
User:and even after that she noticed 10 - 15 spots of blood every day...
Doctor:was a ultrasound done to check the duration of gestation ?
User:due to which she went to hospital nd then n scan it was confirmed that she was 8 weeks pregnant...
User:ultrasound sound that baby is fine... but it also said that there is sub chorionic bleed
Doctor:ok
User:Doctor, wat would be the effects of meprate tablets for 14 days on the fetus?
Doctor:meprate is medroxyprogesterone acetate
Doctor:and though it should not be taken during pregnancy, taking it for a few days, during the first days of conception will not cause any issues
User:her last period date was 7th Nov... and she took teh tablets from 5th dec to 18th dec
Doctor:in case the USG shows it as 8 weeks pregnancy, then she might have concieved in november
User:yes doctor... the USG shows her as 7 weeks 5 days...
Doctor:when was the USG done , was it in the last few days ?
User:it was done on 3rd XXXXXXX
Doctor:so now it is around 8 weeks
Doctor:which means that , she would have concieved on nov 8th
Doctor:sorry it would be nov 14th
User:yes doctor...
Doctor:Meprate taken during pregnancy can sometimes can cause toxicity to the fetus and malformation of organs, particularly genital abnormalities. It can also lead to virilisation of female baby (unwanted hair etc.).
Doctor:It is very difficult to quantify the possibility of malformation.
User:wat r the risk factors ?
Doctor:what do u mean by risk factors
Doctor:she has already taken the tablets, so the risk is already present
User:yes doctor...
Doctor:Since the risk is not unacceptably high, your wife can, if you both decide, continue with pregnancy but do periodic, frequent ultrasound and other tests to make sure that every thing is all right.
User:wat r the effects of teh tablet ?
Doctor:Meprate taken during pregnancy can sometimes can cause toxicity to the fetus and malformation of organs, particularly genital abnormalities. It can also lead to virilisation of female baby (unwanted hair etc.).
Doctor:the side effects in adults taking them are different from which occur in unborn babies
User:okay...
User:she had an abortion done for first baby (due to di XXXXXXX syndrome) in sept 2011... and if we want to abort this baby also....
User:wat are teh effects on my wife's health and chances of next pregnancy ?
Doctor:as such, if you abort the baby, it will not affect anything in the future
Doctor:she will have to be checked for anemia , due to blood loss, due to repeated, abortons
User:okay doctor...
Doctor:hope u have understood my suggestions
User:yes doctor
User:will she be able to have normal child in future pregnancies incase we go for abortion of the current baby?
Doctor:if done by a proper gynaecologist, it should not be an issue
Doctor:but repeated abortions are not adviced
Doctor:you might go for condoms or ORAL contraceptives to prevent pregnancies in the future
User:okay...
User:thank you...
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