Men are the Weaker Sex from the Birth

Apr 02, 2009
Women, who are expecting baby boys, are more likely to face numerous risks during pregnancy and at childbirth, a new study says.

Professor Marek Glezerman, a leading author of the research conducted at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University together with his colleagues Dr. Yariv Yogev and Dr. Nir Melamed conducted a study to analyze 66,000 births for possible complications during pregnancy and at childbirth.

Prof. Glezerman said that pregnancies with boys are more likely to result in premature rupture of membranes, premature delivery or otherwise from excessive gestational growth, which increases the risk of complicated labor and cesarean section. During neonatal period boys face the greater risk of complications.

However, scientists warn that pregnancy with a boy should not be automatically viewed as high-risk and other factors should be taken into consideration.

Boys are known to be not only more vulnerable during pregnancy and at birth, but also throughout their lifetime. Statistically, men have shorter life expectancy, having higher susceptibility to infections and less capable to withstand the disease. Also, men are more aggressive and more prone to engage in risky behavior, such as extreme sports. They are more likely to die from accidents as well as such conditions as cancer, heart disease and strokes. Besides, men tend to suppress their emotions, which increase their risk of numerous health problems and suicide.

The study was published in the latest issue of the Israel Society for Gender Based Medicine.