Exposure Of Chemicals Affects Fertility

black couple talking(BlackDoctor.org) — Some people believe that it is hard to have babies especially after a certain age but maybe it has to do with the chemicals within your household as well as what you wear. A new study shows that exposure to chemicals from your carpet, clothes, and food packaging could affect the fertility of women.

In the study, the higher the concentrations of these chemicals — called perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) — in the women’s blood samples, the more likely the women were to take more than 12 months to get pregnant.

“In our study, 75% of the women had concentrations that were associated with a longer waiting time [to pregnancy],” says study researcher Jorn Olsen, MD, PhD, professor and chair of epidemiology at the University of California School of Public Health. Olsen heads the Danish National Birth Cohort at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

The study is published online in the journal Human Reproduction.

Meanwhile, representatives of manufacturers who use the chemicals say the study shows only an association, not a cause and effect, as Olsen also emphasizes. Major manufacturers who use the chemicals are participating in a voluntary phase-out of them.