Common chemicals in shaving cream and soaps tied to poor semen quality


Men are often unaware of how their personal care products may be limiting their fertility potential. Several studies have focused in on a common ingredient called parabens. This is a commonly used preservative in shaving creams, soaps and cosmetics–and is known by a variety of names including “methyl-parabens and propyl-parabens.”

Another study has now found that this chemical can not only disrupt healthy hormone levels but actually contribute to potential sperm damage. Specifically, they found a higher incidence of sperm with abnormal shapes (called teratospermia”) as well as a higher incidence of sperm DNA damage.

Since shaving involves scraping the skin–this daily activity provides a very unhealthy opportunity to absorb this hormone-disruptor. So consider switching to products that are “parabens-free” or certified organic.

3 thoughts on “Common chemicals in shaving cream and soaps tied to poor semen quality

  1. I have been inundated this week with news from friends & family about flame retardant chemicals in furniture and yoga mats that may cause problems with IVF pregnancy. I have been active in yoga for years and have also had a miscarriage after a successful IVF transfer. So of course I have questions and I don’t know if the news I read is just headlines or if there is something to it! I would love to read a blog post with your thoughts on this information. Thank you!

    1. The number one cause of failed implantation and early miscarriage (by far) is genetic abnormality. So if your IVF cycle involved transferring an embryo that had not undergone genetic screening–that is the most likely reason for the miscarriage. In our practice, we try to coach our patients toward the helpful diet/lifestyle tips that can optimize the uterine environment after we have already performed genetic screening on the embryos. Simply put, these tips can help a struggling but otherwise healthy embryo. As more and more research is being done on the harmful effects of these chemicals–it becomes more clear that they are best avoided. I hope that you find this reassuring and empowering for that is how this information is intended.
      Best thoughts,

      Robert Greene, MD, FACOG
      Conceptions Reproductive Associates

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