Prenatal Exposure to Synthetic Oxytocin: Risk to Neurodevelopment?
Publication Date:October 2012
The neurodevelopmental risks of prenatal exposure to synthetic Oxytocin (OXT) during childbirth are relatively unexplored; however, it seems plausible that lifelong consequences could occur. This article expounds upon a pilot study (Kurth & Haussmann, 2011) that posited an association between prenatal OXT exposure and childhood onset of ADHD, suggesting neurodevelopmental disorders may be a consequence of this exposure. Study results, conclusions, and speculative impressions are discussed1. The potential risks of prenatal OXT exposure warrant expanded research in order to identify the specific pathophysiology involved in this dynamic and to determine if this exposure carries risks for altering child neurodevelopmental trajectory.