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Long term effects of meth on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

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:

  • 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

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2 Responses to “Long term effects of meth on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)
2:05 pm July 24th, 2016

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,

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:56 pm July 29th, 2016

Hi Jamie. Our infographics are completely free of charge. Feel free to print them out. You may find more infgraphics on meth here:

And, if you are looking for the long term effects of other drug abuses on pregnancy, explore here: