Toxins may be found in everyday materials, but how do they affect your fertility? Click here to find out.
Environmental toxins are everywhere, but that doesn’t mean they’re all benign. Some toxins are linked to male infertility. Toxins like glues, silicone, and solvents are often encountered in the workplace. Some studies found that two-thirds of men seeking fertility treatments had been exposed to environmental toxins.
Toxin exposure isn’t only work-related, since harmful chemicals are all around us. For example, herbicides, pesticides, and heavy metals may be found in trace amounts in many of the foods you eat. Exposure to toxins can therefore be unnoticed or unknown.
Even though it’s hard to completely prevent exposure, there are ways to limit it, including:
- Wear PPE (personal protective equipment) and maintaining good ventilation when you’re working with potentially toxic substances.
- Wash all fresh produce well before you eat it to avoid pesticides.
- Avoid eating pre-packaged foods, drinking from plastic water bottles, and reheating food in plastic containers in the microwave, since chemicals from plastic can absorb into food. may help in certain circumstances.
- Choose “green” detergents that don’t use as many harmful chemicals.
- Avoid soaps, shampoos, lotions, and cosmetics with parabens and other harmful chemicals.
Making these changes can help to limit your exposure to fertility-damaging toxins, and it can reduce your environmental footprint at the same time. Since some toxins can build up in your body over time, it is worthwhile to start limiting your exposure well in advance.