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Can maternal stress influence a child's sexual orientation?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There's a theory - repeat theory - floating around that maternal stress is linked with sexual orientation. It goes something like this: While genes have a huge influence, there may be some evidence that stress hormones like cortisol can interfere with the production of testosterone. And in a stressed mom, those stress hormones may cross the placenta, interfere with testosterone, and nudge the male fetus's brain to develop along feminine lines.
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