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Plastics and Fertility

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, there is also a health component related to plastics.

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 why plastics impact health, it’s first important to understand plastics further. Plastics are synthetic, man-made, or semi-synthetic materials made from polymers.

There are chemicals that are added to plastics that help to make them soft and flexible, one class of chemicals being phthalates (commonly called plasticizers). Phthalates are found in hundreds of different materials like personal care products and lubricating oils. Phthalates, for example, have the ability to lower testosterone, and testosterone has an important role in reproductive health.

There is a growing body of research looked at the impact of plastics on health. This research has been approached using laboratory animals (like mice) as model organisms. From studies completed, “body burdens of chemicals that are used in plastic manufacture have also been correlated with adverse effects in human populations, including reproductive abnormalities.”

There are a variety of websites and resources to help you 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.

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