New research has found a correlation between environmental factors and the effects they can have on one’s fertility.
According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), “toxic chemicals in the environment harm our ability to reproduce, negatively affect pregnancies, and are associated with numerous other long-term health problems.” There’s also evidence that suggests exposure to endocrine disruptors, chemicals that appear to disrupt hormonal activity, may be linked to problems with fertility and aspects of reproduction.
Though it’s unrealistic to avoid all chemicals and toxins, here are 4 toxins that you may be able to limit your exposure to:
Personal care products: Parabens, found in many personal products such as shampoos, makeup and body lotions mimic estrogen and have been linked to reproductive issues.
Fragrances: Fragrances in perfumes, shampoos and air fresheners, among other things, often contain Phthalates. Phthalates have shown to interfere with hormone production, decrease sperm count and cause developmental defects.
Pesticides: Researchers warn that pesticides in fruits and vegetables may lead to lower sperm counts of poorer quality.
Plastics: Some plastics release toxic chemicals like vinyl chloride, phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA). BPA has been shown to act as an endocrine disruptor and interfere with hormone function and regulation. BPA can be found in the lining of some food and beverages cans as well as polycarbonate plastic.
Though it’s impossible to avoid all chemicals and toxins in the environment, there are ways to decrease your exposure. Simply having a little knowledge about certain toxins can go a long way in helping you make choices to enhance rather than harm your fertility, and the health of your future children.
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