How Chemical Pollution Affects Female Fertility
Based on an Article by Amanda Kidd, Contributing Writer
(Healingtalks) These days there is a sharp rise in infertility in women and it may be due to the harsh effects of chemical pollution.
DDT effect on Fertility
This kind of pollution includes the very common synthetic pesticide DDT or Dichloro Diphenyl Trichloroethane. The increasing rate of infertility in women is a big concern as more and more women are falling prey to greater risks of not conceiving and experiencing miscarriages. Though banned in 1972 as a harmful toxic substance, traces of DDT remain in our environment. It is still manufactured in the US for export and thus finds its way back.
Other Environmental Toxins Proven To Cause Infertility
Exposure to lead sources has been proven to negatively impact fertility in humans. Lead can produce teratospermias (abnormal sperm) and is thought to be an abortifacient, or substance that causes artificial abortion.
- Medical Treatments and Materials
Repeated exposure to radiation, ranging from simple x-rays to chemotherapy, has been shown to alter sperm production, as well as contribute to a wide array of ovarian problems.
- Ethylene Oxide
A chemical used both in the sterilization of surgical instruments and in the manufacturing of certain pesticides, ethylene oxide may cause birth defects in early pregnancy and has the potential to provoke early miscarriage.
- Dibromochloropropane (DBCP)
Handling the chemicals found in pesticides, such as DBCP, can cause ovarian problems, leading to a variety of health conditions, like early menopause, that may directly impact fertility.
Rates of Female Infertility and Miscarriage
|Percentage of women with infertility differs with age. 15-24 years old………. 4.1%25-34 years old………. 13.1%35-44 years old………. 21.4%||National Center for Health Statistics Redbook Magazine, August, 1993|
|The risk of miscarriage differs with age20-29 years old………. 10% risk of miscarriage45 or older …………… 50% risk of miscarriage||Chatelaine Magazine November 1993, pg. 26|
Chemical Exposure Is a Serious Factor in Infertility
|Miscarriage rates higher living near agriculture
Mothers who lived near crops where certain pesticides were sprayed faced a 40 to 120 percent increase in risk of miscarriage due to birth defects.
|Erin Bell (Ph.D.)
University of North Carolina
School of Public Health SOURCE: Epidemiology, March 2001
Numerous studies have shown that considerable alcohol and tobacco intakes have an effect on fertility. Cigarettes especially are laced with as many as a hundred different chemicals. See our many articles on cigarette smoking, such as What’s In A Cigarette.
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