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Female bodybuilder on Anavar without knowledge of pregnancy

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I am a female body builder and I was on a 12 week anavar cycle. My last dose was July 7. I found out in August I was 5 weeks pregnant my last menstrual period was July 8. I was wondering if there are any risks of birth defects to the fetus. Thank you!

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Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.

Congratulations on your pregnancy and on having escaped literally in the nick of time from the potential risks of Anavar.
Anavar contains oxandrolone, which is a male hormone derivative, if taken inadvertently during pregnancy, then it causes virilization ( masculinization ) of the female fetus.
However, your last dose was July 7, and your period was July 8, which means you conceived AFTER 8th of July, when technically speaking there was no drug in your body ( it gets metabolized within a few days ).
Hence, please do not worry, there will be no risk of birth defects in the fetus.
Avoid exposure to any teratogen during the length of the pregnancy.
Please do take folic acid throughout your pregnancy.
Wish you all the best.
Enjoy your pregnancy and motherhood, and please do not stress about this issue now !

Please feel free to ask followup questions.
Thank you

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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