Women who are addicted to opioids and trying to conceive may lower their chances of pregnancy. Opioid use before conceiving was correlated with a 29% lower chance of achieving pregnancy, compared to women who did not use opioids.
They not only face issues conceiving but also using opioids during pregnancy may be associated with a greater chance of a pregnancy loss. Using opioids in the early stages of pregnancy is nearly 1.5 times more likely to have a miscarriage compared to women who had not used any opioids during pregnancy. Women using opioids after conception, between 1-2 months were 2.5 times more likely to have a miscarriage.
While it is possible to achieve pregnancy despite being addicted to opioids, it is important for women wanting to become pregnant to contact their healthcare provider, to develop a plan of care to ensure not only a successful pregnancy, but also so that the baby is not born addicted to opioids as well, and therefore undergoes severe withdrawal upon birth, a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Dr. Waismann identified the biological roots of opioid dependency, Since then he has successfully treated more than 24,000 patients worldwide that are struggling with opioid addiction.
Throughout his career, he has lectured and educated health professionals in dozens of countries around the world to this day.