Found after conception that husband was using anabolic steroids. Could this cause birth defect?

Posted on Tue, 20 Aug 2013 in Pregnancy
Question: I found out after conception that my husband was using anabolic steroids (testosterone). At 13 wks baby looks healthy. Could this cause any birth defects?
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 1 hour later

Thanks for writing to us.

There is very little data available on the effect of drugs and medications on the baby / fetus when the father consumes them. However, in general, the effect is minimum or none at all.

Most drugs, anabolic steroids included, have an XXXXXXX all or none XXXXXXX effect, that is they would have caused defective sperm , which would not have impregnated the ovum.

Anabolic steroid use is associated with diminished sperm count and defective sperm, however once conception occurs, there is NO EFFECT on the fetus, if the father had consumed anabolic steroids.
The ill effects occur if the mother consumes them during the pregnancy or around the period of conception.

Please do not worry about the effect of testosterone taken by your husband on your current pregnancy.

Enjoy your pregnancy and impending motherhood !

All the best.
Please feel free to discuss futher.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
Answered by
Dr. Aarti Abraham


Practicing since :1998

Answered : 6010 Questions


The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Drug/Medication ,   ,  

Recent questions on  Anabolic steroid

doctor1 MD

Hey doc Im a 19 year old a bodybuilder 260 lbs 6% body fat..i do take anabolic stetoids..mostly testosterone ..anywho last cycle i did i...

doctor1 MD

hello, me and my partner have been trying for a baby for the last 7 months he is using anabolic steroids, last month i had a weird period my cycle...

doctor1 MD

I have taken anabolic steroids for years, it was not for vanity it was livelyhood to put food on my table, but anyways i have to take them...

doctor1 MD

Hi I'm 35 years old and take adderall a lot of adderall by any standard held by a responsible physician. My bloodwork was done and I was way above...

doctor1 MD

I have been taking oxandrolone at 5 mg per day for one month. I am female and middle-aged. Before I began taking it, I had some very mild flair-ups...

doctor1 MD

I am taking 500mg of nandrolone deaconate per week. I have a z pak of 500mg azithromyacin Is there any interactions of the steroids and the...

doctor1 MD

I take DSN pre-workout, I was told to take it every morning and it has ingredients in it that will raise testosterone levels (maybe it's the...

Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties

126 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM Blog Questions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction