Can’t Get Pregnant? The must-read for EVERY man and woman

If you can’t get pregnant and you want to get pregnant, then you must become aware of this insidious and widespread substance which can not only make you infertile but has been shown to contribute to breast cancer.

get pregnant Stay Clear From Parabens

What are parabens?

Parabens are a group of chemicals (methylparaben E218, ethylparaben E214, propylparaben E216, butylparaben- no number) with widespread use from cosmetic and personal hygiene industries to food and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Why are they used?

Parabens are antimicrobial and antifungal which makes them an ideal preservative in so many products.

Where are they found?

Shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, tooth paste, mouth wash, deodorant, antiperspirant, moisturizers, shaving gels, lubricants, spray tanning solutions, sunscreens, medical ointments and tablets, processed foods, face powders, foundations to name a few.

Why are they dangerous?

Parabens are estrogen mimickers. What this means is they can dock onto a cell receptor reserved for estrogen and cause the cell to behave as if real estrogen has docked. All hormones in the body are released at specific times and in specific order under the guidance of the endocrine system.

When this immaculate orchestration becomes disrupted by estrogen mimickers from outside sources (food, air, water, cosmetics, personal hygiene items etc…) hormonal chaos ensues; cells start sending feedback to the endocrine system that they received estrogen when none was sent to them, the endocrine system responds with hormones which are not intended at this time and before you know it irregular periods, too much estrogen, not enough progesterone, not enough testosterone and host of other hormonal imbalances begin. To give you an analogy, this would be like someone turning on the sun in the middle of the night when nature is set to sleep and rest.

Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, breast tumors (parabens have been found inside breast tumors when the tumor was autopsied), weight gain, abnormal fetal development, male reproductive abnormalities, depression and infertility.

Can’t get pregnant? How can parabens lead to infertility?

When your body’s hormones are out of balance, your ability to produce healthy eggs and sperm as well as your ability to ovulate and prepare the uterine lining (endometrium) to conceive and get pregnant becomes difficult and impaired.

How do they get inside us and why can they cause all these health problems?

Parabens can be easily absorbed through the skin, the gastric mucosa (digestive system) and via the blood. Once inside the body they tend to bio-accumulate in the fatty tissue and breast tissue (which is mostly fat). Because our body stores parabens, over time, so many have been stored that their effect on the body becomes overwhelming resulting in hormonal imbalance and disease.

Below is a table from the Breast Cancer Fund (, showing the link between breast cancer and chemicals found in everyday products.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Become vigilant about parabens. Screen every product you buy for methylparaben E218, ethylparaben E214, propylparaben E216, butylparaben (no number) and any other chemical name ending in ‘paraben’. Refuse to buy products from companies which have not stopped using parabens.

The negative health effects of parabens have been well studied and documented. And while some companies are banning parabens from their production there are still many which prefer to use this cheap preservative rather than switching to more expensive natural preservatives. There are natural preservatives such as grape seed, which can be found in many natural organic personal hygiene products, cosmetics and organic food.

Spread the word and share this information with your family and friends and especially those who can’t get pregnant. No one wants to see a loved one die from breast cancer or prostate cancer and so many men and women simply are unaware of the link between their tooth paste, deodorant, body lotion or foundation and infertility or breast/prostate cancer.

What are your thoughts? Are you trying to get pregnant? Are you already using all natural and organic cosmetics and personal care products?

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About the Author Iva Keene MRMed. ND.

Iva Keene MRMed. ND. is an internationally recognized Natural Fertility specialist and accredited Naturopathic Physician who has helped thousands of couples with fertility problems through her published information and personalized coaching programs. Her Free Fertility Coaching mini-course uses her research and clinical experience to help you be more empowered, more fertile and have a healthier baby.

  • Awesome explanation of the mechanism for parabens.

    It’s incredibly sad how many people simply accept chemical/toxin use simply because it exists in a product they can buy without a prescription (and many of these don’t understand WHY the need for prescriptions).

    Equally helpful is the list of product you provide that commonly contain parabens. I knew that it was common in skin care products (hence the reason I sell a ski care product that uses water as its preservative), but I didn’t know it was in “shampoos, conditioners, tooth paste, mouth wash, deodorant, antiperspirant, shaving gels, lubricants, spray tanning solutions, sunscreens, medical ointments and tablets, processed foods, face powders,”

    Thank you for the sharing this information.

    Kevin :: Glyco Trainer
    On Twitter: @glycotrainer

    • Thanks for your comment Kevin :: Glyco Trainer! It’s so important for people to know that there are safe alternatives which work. It’s fantastic that you are selling one of these safe ranges. The problem is, the companies which make safe products are still relatively small and unknown and can’t afford to buy prime time TV ads like some of the other big names in the personal hygiene and cosmetic industry. I use Miessence, Lavera and Weleda, they are great natural and safe alternatives. Let’s brainstorm some other safe names people can use instead the well known commercial brands full of parabens and other toxic chemicals.

      • Did you see that I purposely bolded tablets and processed foods? If this chemical is toxic through skin contact, I can’t begin to imagine its absorptive toxicity in the gut!

        You’re right about the marketing. The main reason most of these safe/natural alternatives use a direct sales model for their marketing is that it takes educating the consumer. People will BLINDLY go to V.S. and buy their aromatic lotions w/ parabens being just the start of the chemicals that can be found in their formulas because people don’t believe that if it’s sold, it can harm you. And it takes people (like me and you) to explain why the alternative should really be the standard. This education takes time and effort. I’ve also noticed that pressure for fitting in and saying that you too are a consumer/fan of whatever retailer is a factor. Very sad because these people won’t care when you have health issues.

        Our line is called “Optima Skin Care”, produced by Mannatech, Inc (NASDAQ: MTEX). It uses specially (patented) filtered water that inhibits bacterial growth. All natural/organic.

  • Skintherapist

    Yes, parabens are such a controversy. Cancer is in my family. And ever since I became a skin therapist, I constantly do research. Since I learned about parabens, I always check labels to make sure I am not using any cosmetics, skin care or hair care that contain parabens.

    I found an amazing a skin care line, Image Skincare that has absolutely NO parabens or synthetic fragrances. It has helped keep my skin clear and reduced my acne scars. Kevin Murphy is what I use for my hair care and is paraben free too.

    Thank you for writing this article!

  • Barbie

    How can I get rid of the parabens that have already accumulated in my body?

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