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Increase in number of boys born with genital defects


Male fertility and reproductory experts have reported the increasing feminization of men with alarming consequences to male genitals and reproductive organs.

One such outcome is that a growing number of baby boys in the UK are being born with genital defects including hypospadias, where the urethral orifice or penis opening is not at the usual position – tip of the penis, but lower down.

In these cases, the opening can be lower down the penis or even around the scrotum, while in others the penis has formed without an opening at all.

The most common genital malformation of all is cryptorchidism, this is when one of both testes fail to descend into the scrotum, affecting between two and four per cent of baby boys.

Another is chordee, which is a downward curve of the penis and sometimes boys with the condition have to sit down when they relieve themselves. Severe curvature from chordee can make intercourse impossible.

Experts like professor Neil Skakkebaek of the University of Copenhagen believe that these conditions are linked to sperm counts, which had fallen by about a half over the past 50 years and consequently more men are producing abnormal sperm.

Some experts like John Ashby of the Syngenta Central Toxicology Laboratory in Macclesfield, think that lifestyle like increase in smoking among young women and the increase in the intake of dietary fat over the past 50 years might be responsible.

Fat is linked with the female sex hormone oestrogen and consequently more fat means more oestrogen, and this could lead to interference with the proper development of male reproductive organs.

Professor Richard Sharpe of MRC University of Edinburgh Centre for Reproductive Health points to chemicals like phthalates which are endocrine disrupters or gender bending chemical in the environment that lead to the gradual feminisation of men.

Phthalates are substances used by industry to soften plastics and are the most common environmental chemical in the air around us, with the highest exposure to be in young women of reproductive age.

The reality is that experts can’t agree which one or combination of risks are responsible for changies happening to baby boys.

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