A new study has revealed a link between the application of hairspray during pregnancy and a congenital anomaly in newborn males.
It is recommended that most pregnant women avoid certain cheeses, sushi and cold cuts, but some hair products may soon be included in the list as well. In a January 2017 study, a chemical found in hair lacquers and coloring shampoos “hairspray” could cause birth defects in newborns of males.
The small study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that chemicals in hairspray disrupt the endocrine glands (which produce hormones related to development and sexual functions) First months of pregnancy, sometimes leading to the appearance of a health problem called hypospadias in newborn babies. This disease, which affects one boy in 250, causes the urethral opening to move towards the underside of the penis. Most cases are corrected by a surgery at birth, thus generally allowing patients to live a normal life. However, the disease can cause urinary and sexual problems if the problem is not corrected.
Damage caused by hairspray on pregnant women
The study was conducted at the “Amiens University Hospital” in France. Researchers asked 250 women (who had given birth to children with or without hypospadias) to what extent they had been exposed to chemicals during pregnancy (such as paint, ink, hairspray, glue and Other household products). They also asked if women used to use lacquer once a week, as well as coloring shampoos, during the first trimester of pregnancy. The findings indicated an “important” link between babies with hypospadias and mothers who had used hair spray and, to a lesser extent, coloring shampoos.
The study confirms the findings of previous research that had already revealed that pregnant women who worked in hairdressing salons and were therefore regularly in contact with lacquer at work were twice as likely to give birth to a boy with Hypospadias, because of the chemicals called Phthalate. Fortunately, taking folic acid in the first three months of pregnancy reduced risk by 36%.
The new study obviously has some limitations: a sample of 250 people is relatively small, and researchers admit that a larger study would yield more accurate results. Meanwhile, it is recommended that women limit, but not stop, their use of lacquer and other coloring shampoos.
On the other hand, notice to those who are looking for a good reason to stop consuming some sweets: a new study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology found that consuming large quantities of black licorice (8.8 Ounces to be accurate (about 250 grams) was associated with the birth of low IQ babies and early puberty among girls.
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