A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Impact of exposure to endocrine disrupters in utero and in childhood on adult reproduction

List of Authors: Norgil Damgaard I, Main KM, Toppari J, Skakkebaek NE
Publication year: 2002
Journal: Best Practice and Research: Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Journal name in source: Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism
Journal acronym: Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab
Volume number: 16
Issue number: 2
ISSN: 1521-690X

Recent reports have demonstrated a decline in human male reproductive health: high and probably increasing prevalence of cryptorchidism and hypospadias, low and probably decreasing semen quality, a rising incidence of testicular cancer and a growing demand for assisted reproduction. These changes seem to be interrelated and may be symptoms of a common underlying entity, the testicular dysgenesis syndrome, with foundations in fetal life due to adverse environmental influences. Wildlife experience and animal studies have provided evidence that fetal or perinatal exposure to endocrine disrupters results in disturbed sexual differentiation and urogenital malformations followed by decreased reproductive health in adult life. This chapter reviews existing evidence for a connection between (i) exposure to endocrine disrupters in fetal life and childhood and (ii) adult reproductive health in humans. This topic is not only relevant to basic scientists but also to clinical endocrinologists, who should also be encouraged to participate in research concerning this problem.

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