Repellents and insecticides linked to birth defects in baby boys “New research from England suggests that there’s something else to be careful about during pregnancy: insect repellents and insecticides. Researchers looked at 471 baby boys born with a malformation called hypospadias, where the opening of the penis appears on the underside, rather than the tip.” [Consumer Reports Health]


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  1. WinnipegDragon says:

    My 5 month old son has Hypospadias, and we live in an area with a massive mosquito population…

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      It’s a surprisingly common congenital defect … I know several women whose sons have had it.

      • The Porkchop Express says:

        And I don’t believe it causes too much trouble in most cases. There is a surgery for really bad cases though.

  2. PanCake BuTT says:

    Oh wow that is amazing ! Will keep this piece of information in the data banks for when I have my own lil pip squeak! Instead of on the tip.. OH MY GAWD!

  3. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    You know, there are times when I think that would come in handy, especially in the morning…

    • TheSpatulaOfLove says:

      I just stand WAAAAAY back. I think I’ve mastered ‘the Golden Arch’, but my wife begs to differ… ;)

      Back on topic, I would think the insecticides would cause more severe defects, such as brain development, blood or skin related disorders.. I would have never thought the penis would be affected…

      • subtlefrog says:

        Some pesticides have been linked to endocrine disorders & immune dysfunction in animal models, but they really frown on testing in humans…

        There have been cases of farm workers claiming sterility, suggesting all sorts of reproductive effects.