Hypospadias describes a penile condition in which closure of the structures around the urethra are incomplete. This cause a variety of problems, depending on where the failure to close occurs, which may cause the affected patient to sprinkle instead of urinate, as well difficulties with sexual performance. Incidence of this problem has almost doubled in Sweden since 1990. According to The Independent, Swedish researchers are unable to determine the cause of this marked increase in hypospadias. Numerous possibilities are bandied about in the article, leaving out the most obvious “endocrine disruptor” of all: hormonal birth control. For example, Medroxyprogesterone comes with a hypospadias and genital malformation warning, and there’s no way to suck the ‘Depo’ shot back out if a woman becomes pregnant after administration.
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