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Chemical Exposure and Fertility

If you unexplained fertility problems or your partner has problems with low count / poor morphology, this one is for you.  It is important to note that toxicity impacts men even more than women when it comes to fertility.  That said, women must pay attention to how many things in our environment disrupt our hormone systems.  Want to be horrified?  Read this wiki entry on the topic:

If not, read on…

Research shows that exposure to certain solvents, chemicals, and metals can destroy your fertility.  Some women are exposed to estrogenic chemicals like inks, plastics, and fragrances at work.  The EPA indicates that indoor air quality is the most consistent threat to your health, so control what you can at home.  Pollution from carpeting, paneling, cabinets, flame retardants, etc.  releases endocrine disruptors into the air.  That means stuff that will change your hormone system.  Be aware of what you bring into your home.

Reduce exposure to cleaning products when you can.  There are cheap easy alternatives.  While some people can break chemicals down and excrete them effectively, others are less genetically able to do so.  Regardless, it is a good idea to minimize exposure to chemicals.  Clean with vinegar and water whenever possible.  I also like to clean with Castile Soap.  It’s great for scrubbing bathrooms.  Trader Joe’s sells a cheaper version, and my bottle will usually last a whole year.  If you need to paint, spend a little more on the non-VOC paint.  Do not spray for bugs and weeds around your house., or find green alternatives.  Find alternatives to pest control.  Avoid purchasing new carpet or particle-board material and build with natural materials.  Synthetic materials contain flame retardants that release into the air for years after being installed.

Concerned about pollutants in fish?  Check out this site to see up to date info on safety.  You need to be aware of how often it is safe to eat your favorite fish.  When in doubt, eat wild caught only.

Surprisingly, the easiest thing you can do at home is take off your shoes.  That is free, and think about all the pesticides, weed killers, and other sprays you leave at the door.  It is a very simple way to keep outdoor chemicals out.

Another simple trick at home:  Incorporate plants that promote clean air:


Mass Cane                               Pot Mum                            Gerbera Daisy                     Heart leaf Philodendron

Ficus                                        English Ivy                          Marginata                            Chinese Evergreen

Peace Lily                               Bamboo Palm                     Warnecki

Green Spider Plant               Janet Craig

Book suggestions:

            The Nontoxic Home & Office by Debra Lynn Dadd

            The Chemical-Free Lawn by Warren Schultz

Of course, there is a lot of information about chemical exposure and fertility.  This blog grazes the topic for awareness.  If you think this is a problem for you, you should speak with someone more on the topic.

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