Environment and Fertility: Toxins and Your Reproductive Health

Fertility doctor, Natalie Crawford, MD reviews top facts about environmental toxins and fertility. Reproductive health is a hormone dependent process, and it is important for you to know how the things in your world impact fertility and pregnancy outcomes.

Did you know that food, containers, kitchen cookware, beauty products, plastics and more can be associated with many adverse reproductive outcomes including: birth defects, intellectual developmental delay, placental issues, preterm birth, stillbirth, IUGRR 9growth restriction), infertility, irregular cycles, lower sperm counts, low testosterone levels, miscarriage and pregnancy loss, cancer, decreased fertilization with IVF, poor egg quality, and decreased implantation rates?

Reviewed in this video include:

Heavy metals:
Mercury – found in fish (especially large fish)
Lead – found in paint (especially houses built before 1978)
Cadmium – found in batteries, paint and plastics, food supply

Pesticides – found in soil, air, water, food

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC) –
BPA – found in can good lining, plastics
Pthalates – found in beauty products and containers
PBDE – fou
PFCs – perflourinated chemicals – found in teflon and packaging

Air Pollution

Study reviewed: Segal TR, Giudice LC. Before the beginning: environmental exposures and reproductive and obstetrical outcomes. Fertil Steril. 2019 Oct;112(4):613-621. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2019.08.001. PMID: 31561863.

*This is not medical advice – this is educational information. Please ask your doctor for personal medical advice.

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