New French study links genital deformities in newborn baby boys to pollutants

By on June 6, 2015

The results of a new study made by French research professors at the Centre hospitalier régional universitaire (CHRU) de Montpellier in France show that a pregnant woman regularly exposed to pollutants (in detergents, pesticides and hair grooming products) are at greatest risk of giving birth to boys with hypospadias.

Hypospadias, a deformity at birth where the urinary opening is abnormally positioned on the penis, affects three in 1,000 newborn boys.

Of the 600 children examined in four cities in France over the course of a five-year study led by pediatric surgeon Nicolas Kalfa and pediatric endocrinologist Charles Sultan, 300  newborn boys were with hypospadias.

Surgical treatment for hypospadias is possible but may affect the boy’s fertility in his adult years.

The study is published in the European Urology Journal.

According to the study, the kind of jobs parents do and the general environment at home play a role.

“The presence of an incineration plant, a landfill, a chemical plant or intensive cultivation within a radius of 3 km to the home is more common in the case of hypospadias children,” Prof. Sultan said to AFP .

“68% of girls who have experienced early puberty are living in an unsafe environment.”

“The pollution is the cause of Micropenis and the occurrence of mammary gland at puberty in boys.”

Micropenis refers to a penis smaller than 2.8 inches in length for adults and in infants, a penis that is less than 0.75 inches long. A normal infant’s penis size is between 1.1 and 1.6 inches long when gently stretched.

“Never have there been as many boys with Micropenis during the years of my service as now,” sadly said the doctor.

“Stop the use of pesticides immediately,” he added.

Sources :
Agence France Presse

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