Long term effects of meth on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Long term effects of meth on pregnancy

Meth can affect you in ways that you cannot predict. In addition to riskier sex, meth can affect sexual health, pregnancy, and fetal development in many adverse ways. Check out the relationship between meth use and sexual outcomes here.

Effects of Meth on sex and sexuality

Acute use heightens the libido and impairs judgment, which can lead to risky sexual behavior increased risk for SDTs. Problematic effects of meth on sexuality include:

Long term effects of meth on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • heightened libido
  • impairs judgment
  • increased risk for STDs
  • risky sexual behavior

Effects of Meth on male and female reproduction

Effects on male reproduction

  • decreased sexual functioning
  • less sperm, but quality remains the same

Effects on female reproduction

  • amphetamines can be passed through milk
  • amphetamines present in a mother`s bloodstream
  • longer menstrual periods
  • menstruation may stop altogether
  • pregnancy still possible
  • shorter menstrual periods

Effects on a fetus

  • baby may be underweight and/or premature
  • birth defects (clubfoot, born without limbs)
  • brain abnormalities
  • brain hemorrage
  • gastroschisis
  • getal growth retardation
  • heart abnormalities
  • increased risk of premature birth
  • miscarriages
  • placental abruption
  • significantly smaller gestational age
  • stroke

Effects on early childhood

  • behavioral problems
  • coordination problems
  • developmental delays
  • difficulty sucking and swallowing
  • difficulty with stimuli
  • growth delays
  • increased risk of hyperactive disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • sleep disturbances
  • tremors
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Jennessa,
    The hospital will drug test you when you arrive to deliver if your clean then they won’t test the bAby but if you’re dirty they can test the baby all the way back to basically the 2nd month. So make sure you’re clean enough to pass a urine test when you go in to deliver. But your baby will hopefully be okay.

  2. Jamie? Hello my name is jenessa how are you? Am 8 months pregnant and i have been on and off meth ever since! I need your help please will my baby and i be dirty will my baby be ok? Please write back to me thank you

  3. I am an OB nurse and am looking for more education resources regarding meth. I would like posters of the long term effects of meth on pregnancy to hang in our clinic. I would pay for these if needed.
    Thank-you for your time,

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