Correlation between Insect Repellent and Penis Defect Hinted

While we all know the harmful effect insecticide and insect repellents impart upon our general health, it’s only when we are reminded by scientific research what the exact harmful effects these chemicals impart that we may consider eschewing these harmful chemicals all together.

Australia’s Daily Telegraph brings news about the increased rate of hypospadias in male children with increased use of insect repellents by their pregnant mothers.

The exact definition of hypospadias is

Hypospadias is an abnormality of anterior urethral and penile development in which the urethral opening is ectopically located on the ventrum of the penis proximal to the tip of the glans penis, which, in this condition, is splayed open. The urethral opening may be located as far down as in the scrotum or perineum. The penis is more likely to have associated ventral shortening and curvature, called chordee, with more proximal urethral defects.

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