Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pregnant Women Should Avoid Perfume at All Costs

Posted by Neill Abayon

Pregnant women are being urged to stop using perfumes and scented creams after research suggested the products could cause unborn boys to suffer infertility or cancer later in life.

Research on rats has found the reproductive system of male fetuses could be as early as eight weeks into gestation by chemicals found in those cosmetics.

There appears to be a "time window" of eight to twelve weeks' gestation when certain hormones in the fetus are activated and the male reproductive system comes into being. Future male fertility problems, including undescended testicles, low sperm count and the risk of testicular cancer, could be caused during this period if hormones such as testosterone do not work properly.

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