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Plastics: Phthalates are true ‘gender benders’

Posted by feww on November 18, 2009

Disappointed Your Last Baby Not a Girl?

Don’t Despair! You may still be in luck (!)

Did you always want to a have a baby girl and are disappointed because the ultrasound revealed your final attempt to be yet another boy?

Phthalates could help your dream come true (!) Phthalates, chemicals found in plastics, are hormone endocrine disruptors. They can alter the brain of baby boys, making them “more feminine,” say University of Rochester researchers.

Chemicals in plastics alter the brains of baby boys, making them “more feminine,” the researchers said.

Male babies who were exposed to high doses of phthalates while still in the womb,  ended up to be less interested in playing with “boys’ toys” such as cars, planes and trains, or join in rough physical activity, such as wrestling, the researchers found.

Luckily (!) phthalates are found in vinyl  flooring, and other household items including plastic furniture, packaging, PVC shower curtains, shopping bags…  as well as medical tubing and hundreds of other plastic items around you.

Two groups of phthalates DEHP and DBP seem to affect play behavior, researchers said.

Boys who were exposed to high levels of DEHP and DBP while in the womb showed less interest playing with “boys’ toys,” or engage in physical  games like playfighting, than other boys who were not exposed to the gender-bending chemicals.

A Scandinavian epidemiologic team discovered in 2004 allergies in children that were caused by phthalates DEHP and BBzP. They also linked exposure to phthalates in the living environment to asthma, especially in children, however, the scope of evidence was said to be  limited by vague data on the  exposure levels.

If you are pregnant with a baby boy, perhaps you could drop us a line and say what you think!

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