Unprotected Drunk Sex Could Lead To Babies Being Born With Brain Damage
Unprotected drunken sex could lead to women giving birth to brain-damaged babies, doctors have warned.
A doctor who runs a clinic for children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Sydney’s Westmead Hospital has urged women to use contraception or give up booze if they plan on giving birth.
The Australian Medical Association has advised pregnant women to avoid binge drinking in its first ever statement on FASD, reports Daily Telegraph.
Professor Elizabeth Elliott, who runs the clinic in Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, said teenage girls must be warned about the dangers of binge drinking and unprotected sex.
‘If you’re a young woman and you party and there’s a chance you might have sex, you should be using contraception,’ she said.
‘Binge-drinking is very common among young women, and is associated with unprotected sex. A lot of harm can be done before pregnancy is confirmed.’
The AMA statement warned alcohol abuse can permanently harm the DNA of a foetus so defects are inherited by the mother’s grandchildren.
‘Alcohol crosses the placenta and the foetal liver cannot effectively metabolise it, meaning the foetus is vulnerable to any level of exposure at any stage of pregnancy,’ the statement reads.
They said one in three pregnant women in Australia drink during pregnancy, which poses bigger threat to unborn children than smoking.