How does exposure to toxins, some of which are found in everyday materials, affect your fertility? Click here to find out.
Environmental toxins have recently been linked to male infertility and contribute to rising infertility across the western world. While many of these toxins are environmental, researchers have focused more on occupational toxin exposure, often occupations that expose men to toxins such as glues, solvents, or silicones. Studies have found that two-thirds of men seeking fertility treatments had been exposed to one of these toxins.
However, exposure to toxins is not restricted to occupation – harmful chemicals are all around us. Included in this list are some herbicides and pesticides and heavy metals (which are found in trace amounts in many foods). Exposure to toxins can therefore be obvious when linked to occupation but can go unnoticed in other circumstances.
There are ways to limit the potential impact of toxins on your fertility, but nearly impossible to completely prevent exposure. In terms of occupational exposure, simple tactics such as wearing PPE and maintaining good ventilation may help in certain circumstances. To limit the consumption of toxins found in food you can wash all fruits and vegetables, avoid pre-packed foods, avoid reusing plastic water bottles, and avoid reheating food in plastic containers. Other methods include avoiding paraben-free shampoos and other products and choosing ‘green’ detergents.
Making these changes, many of which involve avoiding single-use plastics, will may help to limit your exposure to toxins that are potentially harmful to your fertility while reducing your environmental footprint. These changes are equally beneficial to women’s fertility and can be applied to makeup, soaps, lotions, and cosmetics. As these substances can build up in your body over time, it is worthwhile to start limiting your exposure well in advance.
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