Everyday chemicals tend to lower one’s sperm count, scrambling DNA sperm data, or thus causing sperm mobility problems. One is aware that narrow bike seats, as well as antidepressants, can indeed cause problems.
About 40 percent of the receipts are coated with bisphenol-A (BPA), which has rather been linked to fertility problems as well as low sperm count and quality.
The biggest source of BPA contamination is food packaging; almost all of the metal cans are coated with a BPA resin.
Sex toys made of out vinyl contain phthalates, which are of course linked to cancer, allergies, birth defects as well as infertility.
Phthalates are also rather found in scented soaps, shampoos, and cleaners — and in vinyl shower curtains.
Pesticides are generally meant to kill the insect, but they can also affect one’s sperm.
Heated car seats, as well as heating pads, do increase testicular temperatures that are enough to decrease sperm production.
PCBs are also a type of banned chemical, but enough to remain in the environment to accumulate in fish.
Infertility is more common than one might have thought otherwise. Lifestyle does affect fertility.
One is exposed to hundreds (if not thousands) of toxins each as well as every day. Some of the most commonly prescribed drugs, poor diet, and common vitamin deficiencies have in fact been linked to reduced fertility.
Two of the Most Common Chemicals Linked to Reproductive Problems
Hormone-disrupting chemicals are quite pervasive in our modern world. They exist in personal care products, food containers, medical tubing, toys and more. Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates are two of the most well-known culprits.
BPA happens to be a common ingredient available in many plastics that include water bottles as well as children’s toys, as well as the lining of most canned goods. Even many cash register receipts contain this chemical.
Recent studies have indeed confirmed suspicions that BPA is affecting male fertility, primarily by reducing semen quality. The researchers have observed that higher urine levels of BPA were associated with:
1. Decreased sperm concentration
2. Decreased total sperm count
3. Decreased sperm vitality
4. Decreased sperm motility
Compared with those who did not have detectable levels, the men with detectable levels of BPA had more than:
• three times the risk of lowered sperm concentration and lower sperm vitality
• four times the risk of lower sperm count
• twice the risk of lower sperm motility
In women, BPA can also rather reduce one’s chances of successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) by interfering with oocytes (immature egg cell) quality.
Phthalates are acknowledged as another group of chemicals that do a lot of havoc with one’s reproductive health. Exposure to phthalates can indeed lead to incomplete testicular descent in fetuses, reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy or structural abnormality as well as inflammation in newborns.
Phthalates are indeed commonly found in vinyl flooring, detergents, automotive plastics, soap, shampoo, deodorants, fragrances, hair spray, nail polish, food packaging, plastic bags, garden hoses, inflatable toys, blood-storage bags, intravenous medical tubing, and even sex toys.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — This is found in grease- and water-resistant coatings like Teflon and Gore-Tex, is a likely carcinogen.
Methoxychlor and Vinclozin— An insecticide and a fungicide respectively, have been indeed found to cause changes to male mice born for as many as four subsequent generations after the initial exposure.
Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) — Known to be potent endocrine disrupters, these chemicals do affect gene expression by turning on or off certain genes and also interfere with the way one’s glandular system works. They mimic the female hormone estrogen.
Bovine growth hormones are commonly added to commercial dairy and do contribute to premature adolescence.
Non-fermented soy products are loaded with hormone-like substances.
MSG – This is a food additive linked to reduced fertility.
Fluoride — This chemical in the U.S. water supply has been associated with lower fertility rates, hormone disruption and lower sperm counts.
Pregnant women are indeed advised to get more vitamin D in order to promote fertility and also ensure a healthy baby, but vitamin D is also equally important for the father’s health.
Vitamin D deficiency is rather a common occurrence among men who are unable to impregnate their partners—almost a third of the 800 infertile men included in the study had lower than normal levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D and folate deficiency are associated with infertility in women.
Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, minimizing intake of caffeine and alcohol, weight reduction, along with a course of vitamins and antioxidants to help to improve fertility.