Prenatal Drug Used To Supress "Tomboyish" Behavior Comes With Serious Health Risks
Aug 17, 2012 16:49
Did you know there's actually a drug used by some doctors to make babies with an intersex condition look and act more feminine?
The drug known as dexamethasone (dex) is used to treat congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), which occurs in around 1 in 10,000
infants can have a variety of potentially serious effects,
including dangerously low blood sodium. In girls, it can also produce
ambiguous genitals which some experts believe predisposes them to masculine behavior, lesbianism, and a disinterest in
But recently-released research suggests that the drug may actually be
harming fetuses. The claim comes from Swedish researchers after conducting a study on 43 children treated prenatally with dex. They found that eight developed serious medical problems including mental retardation and mood disorders.