There’s something we need to talk about. Exposures to environmental toxicants may be wreaking havoc on your fertility and changing how your genes are expressed - changes that can be passed on to your baby and can last for generations. According to guidelines by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, an environmental history should be part of the assessment for every person dealing with infertility (1). They note that the relative risk of infertility is 40% higher when exposed to environmental toxicants (2).
If you think the problem isn’t widespread or only affects a few people, think again.
Male reproductive problems alone due to routine exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals from pesticides and personal care products are estimated to cost Nordic countries EUR 36 million per year of exposure (3). This number only looks at men and doesn’t take into account the health impacts for future generations. It’s just one of many statistics out there describing a big problem that isn’t effectively being addressed.
So what do you do about it?
Reducing exposure to these chemicals in your environment is the best thing, but it isn’t always easy. Many people don’t know where to look or are overwhelmed when they realize how prevalent chemicals are. I still work on getting better at it all the time.
There are few steps you can start with that don’t require too many day-to-day habit changes and can significantly decrease exposure to some of the most harmful chemicals for your fertility and the health of your growing family.