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Progesterone and pregnancy, possibility of anomalies in unborn child - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello, My wife, aged 35 years, has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrom.
She gave birth to our first child, in 2003 by IVF.
Since then, she had been having irregularities in her menstruation. Doctor prescribed her to take Primulot-N for withdrawal of menstruation, and followed by regular intake of contraceptive medicine. She stopped taking the contraceptive during end October 2009, as she started getting regular periods.
Again from December 2009, her period stopped. In March 2010, we consulted a doctor, who prescribed her to take Provera 5 mg, twice daily for 5 days, after having done Pregnancy Test (which came negative). Menstruation didn't occur.
We saw another doctor during April 2010, who prescribed Primulot N 5 mg, twice daily for 5 days. Still pregnancy didn't occur.
Third we saw another doctor who prescribed Norethisterone 5 mg, twice daily for 5 days. Still menstruation was absent.
Today we saw the last doctor who insisted on an Ultra Sonogram, and we are surprised to know that she is PREGNANT for 18 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just as much we are happy, we are also really concerned about the well being of the child, as my wife has taken 3 courses of medication for menstruation and we are really worried if the unborn baby could be affected by any chance?
Please advise if there are reasons to be worried and what course of action should be taken to avoid any unpleasantness?x
Doctor :   Hi
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User :   Ok, thank you
Doctor :   Hi, congratulations
Doctor :   Yes, some effects can happen for the baby though
Doctor :   You just have to complete the prenatal check up
Doctor :   with Triple test
Doctor :   The doctor shall advice you on that
Doctor :   It has three blood tests
Doctor :   and an Ultrasound
Doctor :   Usually Ultrasound shall detect the defects if they may happen
Doctor :   DId the Doctor comment on anything
User :   After detecting pregnancy, Doctor suggested following: User :   Blood Tests: User :   1. VDRL (Qualitative) - Blood
User :   2. Anti HIV I/II Rapid Test
Doctor :   Ok, these are routine ones
Doctor :   You may ask your doctor for Triple test
User :   Also she suggested that an "Anomaly Sonogram" can be done after 10 days, ie, after completion of 19 weeks, to confirm if there are any abnormalities in the unborn baby
User :   Could you please write down the Triple Test?
User :   She will be going to do the blood tests tomorrow, so she can do the Triple Test together
Doctor :   alpha-fetoprotein, human chorionic gonadotropin and unconjugated estriol.
Doctor :   These three include them
User :   Our biggest anxiety if the child may bear Autism?
User :   Can the anomaly test of ultra sonogram tell if the child may have autism or not?
Doctor :   actually no
Doctor :   Autism cannot be tested
User :   Are there proven histories of child autism in case of carrying mother taking progesterone tabelts?
User :   What sort of anomalies can take place?
User :   Are you there?
Doctor :   The studies say very few babies were born with defects
Doctor :   It says preterm deliver is common
Doctor :   The rupture of membranes early
Doctor :   No major anamolies are reported
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