Once again, hormone disrupting chemicals are in the news[G1] ; but this time it is for their confirmed link to infertility. Studies have now shown that pollutants [G2] can impact the outcome of IVF cycles and that contaminants [G3] in plastics can impact sperm quality. I’ve been trying to alert my patients to these possibilities for years. Consider the following excerpt from my book PERFECT HORMONE BALANCE FOR FERTILITY (p. 29):
We are exposed to BioMutagens on a basis through our food, water, air and household and gardening products. Currently, there are 80,000 chemicals used commerciallyin the United States and about 1,000 new ones added each year. Many of these chemicals wind up in the environment or in the products that we use despite the fact that only 5 percent have ever been tested for their impact upon reproductive function. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges that at least 50 of the commonly used chemicals they’ve tested affect reproduction in animals, but only 4 of them—lead, radiation, ethylene oxide and dibromochloropropane—are regulated to monitor their safety and appropriate disposal. Many of these potentially hazardous chemicals are classified as endocrine or hormone disruptors. They can increase the rate of egg loss and reduce the ability of embryos to implant and develop. The list also includes weed killers, solvents, pesticides and exhaust fumes.
Most importantly, there are relatively simple steps that you can take to minimize your exposure. In fact, another study demonstrated the importance of packaging and method of food preparation[G4] can worsen your body burden. For practical guidelines on how to improve your fertility status and potentially reduce your risk of cancer as well, check out PERFECT HORMONE BALANCE FOR FERTILITY [G5] or PERFECT HORMONE BALANCE FOR PREGNANCY[G6] .