For years now certain household chemicals have been proven to harm and damage our body’s hormone systems. This factor plays a direct role in your fertility and your ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to full term.
There are many issues that lead to problems getting pregnant, however, more and more research is being done surrounding the link between infertility and household chemicals.
Many of the products that you use each day contain chemicals that can affect your fertility and increase the chance of birth defects.
Both women and men need to be warned against using products that contain chemicals that are harmful to the hormones in the body. These chemicals are also known as “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals” or EDCs.
But how do you know what products are harmful to your health and may be preventing you from getting pregnant or carrying your pregnancy to full term?
The Danger Behind Household Cleaning Products
Most people buy household cleaning products without even looking at the labels to see what these products contain. If you’re trying to conceive it’s imperative that you know what chemicals are in your home.
Chemicals that can decrease your ability to get pregnant by up to 30 percent are found in cleaning products such as bathroom cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, furniture polish, and room deodorizers.
Add up the household chemicals that you’re exposed to in one day and your chances of conceiving naturally are significantly diminished.
To minimize the toxins found in your home use non-toxic and organic cleaning products whenever possible.
Petroleum Based Chemicals
Another chemical compound you should avoid is alkyl phenoxy ethoxylates (APEs). While less research has been done on alkyl phenoxy ethoxylates, there is still enough evidence that they are a risk to your fertility.
APEs are known as surfactants and are found in fabric softeners and laundry detergents. Studies show that this chemical may reduce sperm count and mobility.
As with all other chemicals, APEs are not biodegradable and enter the water system after being used to wash your clothes.
The wide range effect of APEs is not yet known but one of the compounds of this group of chemicals is currently being used as a spermicide (nonoxyl-9).
Infertility and Your Cosmetics
When you’re trying to conceive, even your cosmetics can decrease your fertility. On average, women use up to 12 different cosmetic and personal care products each day.
What you may not realize is that each of these products contains toxins and chemicals that cause infertility problems. Start paying attention to the ingredients found in your lipstick, shampoo, and body lotion.
One grouping of chemicals that you need to avoid is known as parabens. Parabens are now being tested for use as a vaginal spermicide which is a clear indication of these chemicals potential to kill sperm.
Paraben Chemicals are Everywhere
Parabens are a chemical preservative that is found in everything from your body lotion to your shampoo to your lip gloss. These chemicals are easy to find on the list of ingredients for many products.
Each of these chemical compounds will have one of these prefixes: ethyl, methyl, propyl, and butyl.
The reason that these parabens are so harmful to your fertility is that they’re a “xenoestrogen” chemical, otherwise known as a false estrogen because they are man-made.
Estrogen, whether man-made or natural, can cause hormone imbalances that are a big factor in infertility.
High levels of estrogen, including xenoestrogen, can decrease your fertility and cause disorders such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts.
Try to purchase those products that are natural and organic when buying cosmetics and personal care items.
This can lower your exposure to harmful household chemicals and boost your fertility.
Male Fertility and Household Chemicals
It’s not just women who need to be aware of the risk of decreased fertility from exposure to household chemicals; men need to be equally as an alert.
Many women are unable to conceive because their partner’s sperm isn’t mobile enough due to exposure to chemicals.
With growing infertility rates all around the world, it’s more important than ever that you understand what chemicals and toxins are in the products you use on a daily basis.
The list of harmful chemicals that may be linked to infertility and other reproductive health issues continues to grow. Some of the chemicals you should take great care to avoid include:
- Phthalates (used to manufacture plastic containers and also found in cleaning products)
- Bisphenol A (also found in plastic containers)
Not only do the above chemical compounds decrease your fertility, but they can also play a role in obesity, diabetes, and some cancers.
With daily exposure to household chemicals and toxins, it’s no wonder that both female and male infertility rates are increasing every year.
The more educated you are about the effects of chemicals on your ability to get pregnant, the more care you can take in limiting your exposure as much as you can.