I found a really interesting article regarding the effects of chemical exposure affecting fertility. Something that’s not surprising to me at all. An excerpt from the article:
Well-designed animal studies are showing how prenatal exposures to these chemicals can add up to harm, mirroring similar problems in people:
Bisphenol A found in polycarbonate plastic and can linings can cause permanent changes and increased risks of reproductive health problems later in life, such as infertility, miscarriage, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
Prenatal exposures to phthalates found in personal care products and commodities made of vinyl have been linked to reproductive health problems in males such as reduced testosterone, reduced sperm count and infertility.
Prenatal exposures to PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals), common in stain-proof and stick-free products and found in almost everyone tested in the US, can cause irreversible damage in animal offspring and has been linked to decreased birthweight in humans.
I’m not going to even start to blame my own fertility problems on bisphenol and phthalates (even though from now on, I’ll always wonder), but it’s good information for all of us in our child bearing years.