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What causes hypospadias?

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This is when the opening of the urethra, where pee and semen come out through the tip of the penis, is located elsewhere on or near the penis. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes it, but some possible reasons include:

  • Genetics. It’s more likely if the boy has a father or brother who were born with it.
  • Fertility treatments. The mother may have used hormone therapy or medicine to help her get pregnant..
  • Mothers who are older than 35 and overweight are more likely to have boys with this condition
  • Exposure to smoking or pesticides

From: What is Hypospadias? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Facts about Hypospadias.”

Cleveland Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Hypospadias: “Hypospadias.”

Hypospadias and Epispadias Association Inc.

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions, Hypospadias.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Facts about Hypospadias.”

Cleveland Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Hypospadias: “Hypospadias.”

Hypospadias and Epispadias Association Inc.

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions, Hypospadias.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

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