Background: Xenoestrogens are artificial oestrogen compounds, found in our environment throughout various chemical products, and claimed to affect the process of early puberty among young females.
Objective and hypotheses: To investigate the relationship between exposure to xenoestrogen products and early pubertal sex development.
Method: Cross-sectional study conducted in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in July 2014 (n=568), pubertal staging was done using the Tanner staging, data collected through a questionnaire. Data analysis done by Pearsons Correlation Coefficient.
Results: A significant relation between the usage of children toys and the age of breast (P value=0.040) and pubic hair development (P value=0.028). Usage of plastic bottles showed a significant relation with early pubic hair development (P value=0.048). An inverse effect on pubertal signs. Which means the more frequent they use them the earlier they get their puberty.
Conclusion: This study confirmed the association between using xenoestrogen products and early puberty in young females. Therefore, we advise to decrease the use of products that contain xenoestrogens in our daily life.
01 - 03 Oct 2015
European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology