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Posted by Loo on November 11, 2000 at 22:12:01:

In Reply to: Re: spiro posted by Marina on November 11, 2000 at 18:26:58:

Very good second point! I looked up pregnancy and anti-androgens in the book I am reading: "The Good News About Women's Hormones" by Geoffrey Redmond, M.D., and he states that anti-androgens (i.e. spironolactone, flutamide, etc.) are not safe if there is a chance you could get pregnant. The doctor says it might interfere with the formation of the genitalia of a male fetus. He goes on to say that he has not heard of any birth defects reported with spiro, but that it would be best to use caution.
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: Birth conrol is a good idea while taking spiro for two reasons. One is becase spiro can cause your peiods to be irregular and very frequent, like every two weeks or so. No fun, but the pill will keep things regular, and can even help regulate your hormones to reduce acne.
: The second and more seriouus reason is that spiro can keep a fetus from developing quite as normal in case you happened to get pregnant while using it. It is nothing like Accutane, but still not something you'd want to risk.

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