A January 2017 study indicates that a chemical found in hair spray and coloring shampoos is linked to birth defects in newborn boys.
What Is Hypospadias?
The research study took a closer look at hypospadias. This is a condition in which the urinary opening is displaced to the underside of the penis. Most of the time, surgery can correct the defect. However, there are occasions when hypospadias leads to sexual dysfunction.
Amiens University Hospital In France Took Notice
Researchers gathered 250 women who bore infant boys both with and without hypospadias. They asked them how much they were exposed to chemicals located in common things such as ink, glue, paint and household products during their pregnancy. They also questioned women about their use of hairspray and hair dye during the first trimester of their pregnancy.
The Results Are Alarming
This study showed a “strong” association between babies who were born with hypospadias and moms who used hairspray. To a lesser degree, they found a correlation between moms who used hair coloring and this condition.
This Study Confirmed Previous Research
Pregnant salon workers who were exposed to hairspray during their work hours were found to have double the risk of having a boy with hypospadias. Research showed that this was due to the presence of chemicals called phthalates. Taking folic acid during the first trimester was found to result in a 36% decline in risk.