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Reproductive Health News: BPA Exposure Causes Infertility Up To 3 Generations

Updated on May 7, 2015
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Veer away from Bisphenol A or BPA to avoid reproductive problems. In a recent research published in the journal of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, pregnant mice that were exposed to low levels of BPA showed a decline in fertility up to 3 generations.

Reproductive health and women's health are important
Reproductive health and women's health are important | Source

Fighting BPA to prevent infertility

Obviously we are not mice and our physiology is different. But with the recent focus on the ill effects of BPA, it is no surprising that we see more reasons to avoid this industrial chemical. For those who do not know, BPA is a chemical commonly found in food and drinking containers. Many unknowingly subject themselves to the dangers of this chemical. They are often found in bottles used in processed drinking water and the linings of food packaging. In addition, some dental sealants contain this dangerous substance. Suffice to say, BPA is everywhere and we are constantly at risk.

In a study of human urine samples collected from 2003=2004, BPA is present in 93 percent of the samples taken. Moreover, this chemical has been detected in human placental tissue and even in fetal plasma. This is a growing concern as BPA is often introduced in the human system through one’s diet.

In recent times, public awareness coupled with industry regulation has helped give focus on the issue. The health risks of BPA are continuously put under the microscope in order to learn more about its ill effects. However, it falls on the public to become more vigilant in what they buy and consume. Although regulations can mitigate the spread of BPA-tainted products it is still important that individuals and household take a more proactive stance in protecting their families against this dangerous chemical.

Fertility lessons from mice
Fertility lessons from mice | Source

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Fertility lessons from mice

In the study, researchers exposed pregnant mice to low levels of BPA. The levels were within acceptable numbers for humans. In spite of the low levels, the researchers found numerous fertility issues up to the 3rd generation.

Depending on the level of BPA exposure, the mice experienced conditions from reduced fertility to failure to carry the pregnancy to full term. Dr. Flaws commented that when it comes to endocrine system, even a small dose of chemicals can have disruptive effects to the body. In this case, even levels below risky ones caused detrimental fertility issues. Moreover, the effects continued down to the third generation. That is how profound the effects of the chemical is to fertility.

Of course this study focuses on BPA effects on mice. But according to Dr. Flaws there are numerous studies that shows how detrimental BPA is to human fertility especially in women’s health. One such study was conducted by Dr. Russ Hauser. He found a correlation between the presence of BPA in the urine and reduced fertility.

The study conducted by Flaws underscores the effects of BPA to fertility. However, it pushes the important issue that the effects of BPA can be passed down the generations.

e stance in protecting their families against this dangerous chemical.

Protect yourself from BPA

As suggested earlier, it is imperative that we all take a more active role in reducing and even eliminating the risks associated with BPA. As such, here are some steps that you can take to ensure your safety.

  1. Check labels before purchasing items – many of us simply get items from the shelf ithout really knowing what we are buying. It is important to take a few minutes to lean what we are actually purchasing.
  2. Share information about BPA with friends and family – it takes a considerable amount of effort to educate as many people as possible, This is done faster when we share information and help educate others.
  3. Read more information about BPA – with the help of the scientific community, we get to learn more about BPA and its effects. It pays to arm ourselves with the right knowledge so that we can safeguard our health and our future,

There are numerous chemicals found in daily items that can cause harm. Unfortunately, we lack the knowledge to protect ourselves or the people we love. Moreover, the risks that we expose ourselves and our family continue to increase without immediate action. The study clearly shows that the effects of BPA are not just contained with the individual exposed to BPA. Rather, the generations after get to be affected as well. It is therefore prudent to keep ourselves safe in order to keep the future generations safe as well. Dr. Flaws and her colleagues has shown us that our decisions at the moment can affect the generations after us. This highlights the importance of our decisions right now. So make that important step towards fighting BPA


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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      HI there Sandra Micheals

      Thank you for taking the time to visit the hub.

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      Sandra Micheals 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia