Premature babies or infants having less weight at the time of birth, are probably vulnerable to have health issues. This time, a study suggests boys with minimal birth weight are more inclined to having fertility-related problems. Scientists have discovered boys who cover the whole term and weigh under 6lbs 9oz were 55% more at risk to face infertility, as that of healthier baby boys. Currently, they have not discovered any relationship between girls having less birth weight and infertility in maturity. The Danish scientist considers that limited growth of the baby during pregnancy initiates defects in the testicles and penis. As a result, these transformations in the male reproductive system could obstruct the process of conceiving.
Even more, researchers have discovered small babies are more probable to undergo hypospadias. It’s a birth defect, where the hole of the penis is at another place, rather than the tip where it must be. The state leads to complexities when it comes to the deposition of sperms during sex. Apart from this condition, researchers have found another issue in the reproductive system of boys having less birth weight. Another matter of concern is cryptorchidism, which results in a lower sperm count. In this condition, one or both testicles fall into the scrotum from the abdomen. Notably, it has remained the most common health condition in males born with a low weight.
The study includes the participation of around 11,000 people having a birth year between 1984 and 1987. Scientists from Aarhus University have analyzed over 5,500 men and above 5,300 women during the trial. As a result, they have discovered a negligible 37% greater risk of infertility among males born underweight. Notably, the figure excludes men having hypospadias or cryptorchidism. The study reveals overall, 7.3% of small born men become infertile as that of 5.6% of men born healthier. Anne Thorsted, a co-author of the study, said their results reveal sometimes it is essential to look at early life to get reasons for health concerns that take place in the future life. The team has published its findings in the journal Human Reproduction.