5. Don’t use insecticides

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

5. Don’t use insecticides.

Don’t use insecticides in or around your home. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, and even birth defect. Household insecticide use has been linked to risk of childhood leukemia. Instead, use healthy tips like keeping your counters clean to minimize pests. Use soap or vinegar to clean your house. Check the label of everything you buy. Make sure it’s free of fragrance, free of triclosan. Don’t use air fresheners, which are full of endocrine disrupting chemicals like phthalates. Consult EWG’s “Guide to Healthy Cleaning” for more tips about how to keep your home clean safely as well as a list of safer products to have around your home.

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4. Wash your hands (seriously)

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For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

4. Wash your hands.

Washing your hands before you touch your mouth or food is the easiest way to minimize your exposure to dangerous chemicals. Use plant-based soaps that do not contain fragrance. Did you know that the average “fragrant” contains about 14 secret chemicals that aren’t listed on the label and 80% of which have never had safety testing in personal care products?! You don’t need this nonsense.

Similarly, avoid anything labeled as “anti-bacterial” which has the chemical triclosan. There is no evidence that washing your body and home with antibacterial products does any good compared to old fashioned soap, water, and scrubbing! Women with higher triclosan exposure take longer to conceive. Triclosan is also associated in lower oocyte yield in couples undergoing IVF. Triclosan has also been associated with disruption of thyroid function.

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3. Avoid flame retardants

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

3E8A95E8-BFC6-49C8-BE76-C207CBA25EC03. Avoid flame retardants

Flame retardants are added to materials in order to slow or prevent the start or growth of fire. For decades, foam furniture, baby products and electronics have been loaded with flame retardants that migrate out of products and into our bodies.These chemicals have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption, as well as deficits in motor skills, attention and IQ in children.

I encourage you to buy flame retardant free products, dispose of damaged cushioning, and always wash hands before eating to minimize exposure to these and other chemicals 

#infertilityjourney #infertility #ttc #topten#environment #EWG #healthyliving 

2. Food storage is important

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

2. Food storage is important.

Plastics have dangerous chemicals like phthalates and BPA. These chemicals have been linked to taking longer to conceive and pregnancy complications. Keep food in glass or stainless steel containers; avoid storing food in plastic. Do NOT heat your food in plastic containers. Heating plastic increases the leaching of chemicals. Use a paper towel or glass lid to food in the microwave.

#infertilityjourney #infertility #ttc #topten#environment #BPA #healthyliving 

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1. Eat your fruits and Veggies

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

First recommendation on this top 10 list- eat your fruits and veggies. 🍏🥦The best way to do this is to eat a variety of fresh produce. 🥑🍍🍒Wash your produce for at least 20 seconds to minimize your exposure to pesticides. 👏Avoid canned products because this can expose you to chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA). Eat organic when you can and strategically by utilizing resources like EWG’s dirty list: certain items are worth the money of switching to organic (“Dirty 12”) more than other produce (“Clean 15”)

#infertilityjourney #infertility #ttc #topten#environment #bpa #EWG #BPA #healthyliving 

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Exciting posts coming!

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited to share a preview of something I’ve been working on!😬😬😬😬😬In my free time, I love to learn about what couples can do to enhance their fertility naturally. 👍This includes diet and lifestyle tips, including watching for dangerous environmental exposures. 💅💄Starting next week, I will be sharing daily posts of my “Top 10 list” of how to minimize exposure to chemicals in our environment. I’m so excited to share this evidence-based list of tips to help you and your family become healthier! Wishing you all a great weekend! #infertilityjourney #infertility #ttc #topten#environment

-Natalia Grindler, MD FACOG

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Caution about Sunscreen Use

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If your family is anything like ours, sunscreen is a routine part of our daily lives. Sunscreens protect our skin from sunlight using mineral or chemical filters. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Most sunscreens use chemical filters that contain active ingredients such as oxybenzone. Studies have demonstrated that these chemical filters mimic hormones and can act as endocrine disrupting chemicals.

 

Sunscreen exposure increases our exposure to chemical filters, such as oxybenzone. Oxybenzone use is widespread throughout the US. It is detected in nearly every American.

 

The reproductive system is sensitive to environmental factors. Early pregnancy is a particularly vulnerable time for endocrine disruption. Exposures when trying to conceive can impact the likelihood of conceiving as well as the health of the pregnancy.

 

Oxybenzone exposure and exposure to related compounds is associated with male infertility  and poorer reproductive success in men undergoing fertility treatments. Similarly, men with greater exposure to a similar compound found in sunscreen had poorer sperm quality and took longer to conceive. Female exposures to oxybenzone and related chemicals have been linked to increased risk of endometriosis and problems with ovulation. These chemicals have also been associated with oxidative stress and inflammation in pregnancy.

 

The good news is that we can be informed consumers and change our exposure.

This is a great resource of safer sunscreen alternatives.

 

 

Take home points

  • Avoid sunscreens with chemical filters, particularly oxybenzone
  • Use mineral sunscreens when possible when trying to conceive