Male pregnancy and lactation?
I’ve been collecting material on this topic for a long time. The question is not so dumb as you think. Can a man give birth to a child? Obviously not, but it’s worth examining this phenomenon. Take a look at what a man needs for pregnancy and what could be the solution:
- womb: a solution could be ectopic pregnancy as an amazing 5% of extrauterine pregnancies are viable. The other method is the artificial womb.
- hormones: oral doses of female hormones would be administered to the man to make him receptive to the pregnancy.
- implantation: fertilization would be done in vitro by implantation into the abdominal cavity
- delivery: it would require open surgery (Cesarean section) to remove the baby and the placenta. Removal of the placenta is the real danger because it forms such intimate connections with surrounding vessels that massive hemorrhage is likely.
- lactation: it’s possible as there are more medications that stimulate a man’s mammary glands (mostly in hormone treatment of prostate cancer patients).
The dangers of such a course of action are far too high for the idea to be taken as anything more than a bit of scientific “what if” entertainment, however.
Malepregnancy.com is a well-known hoax site monitoring the world’s first male pregnancy. The site hosts even news coverage, video clips of Mr. Lee, an ultrasound video of his “baby” or an interview with Mr. Lee Mingwei himself.
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