Chemicals in plastics may impact fertility, read below to learn more.
Plastic pollution has become a prominent issue today as it relates to the environment. However, plastics also have an impact on our health.
Plastics have become ingrained in our everyday lives, from the bottles that we drink out of to the toys that we play with. Plastics are seemingly everywhere and are hard to avoid.
To understand how plastics impact health, it’s first important to understand what plastics are.. Plastics are artificial synthetic or semi-synthetic materials made from polymers.
Chemicals are added to plastics to help make them soft and flexible. One class of additives is phthalates (commonly called plasticizers). Phthalates are found in hundreds of different materials, including personal care products like shampoos, lotions, and lubricating oils. Phthalates, have the ability to lower testosterone, and testosterone plays an important role in reproductive health.
There is a growing body of research looking at the impact of plastics on health. Studies have found that chemicals in plastics, like BPA and phthalate, have a negative impact on semen quality and male reproductive health.
There are a variety of websites and resources with tips on how to avoid chemicals found in plastics. An easy way to avoid phthalates, for example, is to avoid heating food in plastic containers. Being conscious of plastics and the chemicals in them is important for both the environment and health.