Do you need more help with your fertility despite eating a fertility diet, taking fertility supplements and timing your most fertile days? Consider what environmental influences might assist or deplete your fertility? If you think you are already doing everything right but you are still not pregnant, you may need further fertility help and it’s worth taking a look at the toxic chemicals lurking in your home and work.
The journal of Environmental Health Perspectives recently published a study on the effects of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) on fertility.
This chemical is used as flame retardant and is commonly found in carpets, curtains, other fabrics, plastics, foam furniture and many other objects in your home and work. This especially applies to items manufactured before 2004.
Like many similar chemicals PBDEs have affinity for fatty tissue and accumulate in animal food products such as meat, dairy and fish. PBDEs fall into the category of endocrine disruptors and xenoestroges. Docking onto estrogen receptors and causing a chain reaction in the body. Estrogen excess is a known predisposing factor to endometriosis, PCOS, breast cancer and infertility in men.
Further studies on chemicals and infertility have reported the presence of PBDEs in as many as 97% of Americans!
Unfortunately the days of blissful carefreeness when it comes to shopping at your supermarket and local furniture shop are long gone.
Today you need to question everything for the risk of chemicals and infertility. From the composition of your carpet, your bathroom cleaning solution, your body lotion, your curtains, your lipstick and pretty much everything that’s in your fridge, to your car seats, perfume and prescription drugs!
New technologies have enabled us to create all sorts of cheap chemicals for use across many industries. However the majority of these chemicals are not regulated and have never been tested for their effects on the environment and health.
At times it seems like our planet and it’s inhabitants – this includes us – are one big research lab. New chemicals are released into the circulation until noticeable effects occur. After the effects have been noted some of the chemicals get banned and we start to look for alternatives to remedy the damage. But before this happens it can take years and decades and some effects of chemicals and infertility can only be noticed in the generations to come.
As most of these chemicals by law don’t have to be listed on the product labels, your only safe bet is to buy 100% biodegradable, natural and where possible organic cleaning solutions, cosmetics, personal care products, food, fabrics, furniture etc…
Yes, these products seem more expensive than the cheap and nasty commercial chemical cocktails when you compare the prices. But you should also add the cost of infertility treatment, doctor visits, prescription drugs etc… to the cost of regular products as it’s no longer a question of whether these substances pose a health risk, but a proven fact. So realize that, in the long run, the organic, all natural alternatives are much much more affordable than their toxic counterparts. By using these better quality products you’ll be helping to remedy the issue of chemicals and infertility and save you a fortune in the long run.
But beware not to get greenwashed – a practice where a company tries to mislead you into believing their product is natural because it has some natural ingredients and the rest is chemical based. For more info on greenwashing go here.
I would love to hear your thoughts on chemicals and infertility? Do you need fertility help or assistance? If so, do you think your carpet, curtains and other commercial products may be a factor?
Iva Keene is co-founder, creator and award-winning author of the NFP Program and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Science in Naturopathy and a Master Degree in Reproductive Medicine. She has been a qualified and internationally accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 15 years. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva’s articles, videos, guides, and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols, and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments, and integrative reproductive health.