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Monday, March 17, 2008

Baby Boy's Shooting Blanks!

Recent research has led scientists to theorize that problems involving male genitalia, such as decreased sperm count and testicular cancer, are determined by factors in the womb during the 8-12 week stage.

Research performed at the University of Edinburgh suggest that low levels of male hormones, or androgens, during this critical period of development may lead to a host of health issues, including cryptorchidism (testes not descending properly), hypospadias (urinary tract opening in the wrong place on the penis), and disorders that only become apparent later in life.

Further, the distance between the penis and anus (the anogenital measurement) may give doctors an indication as to what the hormone levels were in the womb, even later in life. The shorter the distance, the less confident doctors can be that the right hormones were present, and/or that they acted properly.

In other words, it's all women's fault!

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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