How Takeaway Food Containers and Plastic Water Bottles Can Lower Fertility

Happy and healthy mother and babyNew Australian research has found that common chemicals used in cleaning products, foods, cosmetics, and plastic containers could be impacting on women’s and men’s fertility.

Dr Mark Green, a Melbourne University expert in reproductive biology, examined how endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) could negatively affect reproductive health. In a radio interview he said that chemical exposure to these chemicals could occur from a variety of sources, including the lining of tin cans and receipts.

"Overall there's probably about 800 chemicals throughout different products that are used through our industry and all our household items. But the main ones you may have heard of, things like BPA," he said.

"Then we've got things called parabens, which are sort of preservatives, those are the ones that are in our shampoos and conditioners, but also in some of our food products.

"The other class [is] probably the phthalates … they're the things that are making plastics soft and flexible … the ones that are in soft squeezy plastic water bottles or take-away containers," he said.

He said the chemicals were particularly prone to be ingested if the food contained in the containers was fatty.

"These chemicals love to jump into that food, so over time if we're consuming low levels of that, then it can be built up in our bodies," he said.

"We know that people who have high concentrations of these chemicals take longer to conceive, also those people that go into fertility clinics, they're having even higher levels in their blood and reproductive tissues," he said.

"Unfortunately … we know that's going to have downstream effects on their health and their children's.”

"… It's really just about education in terms of, don't leave that plastic water bottle in the sun and then go back and drink it. Or don't heat your food in those takeaway containers; put it into a bowl and then heat it."

Basic Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

  • Don't re-heat food in plastic take-away containers
  • Avoid re-using soft plastic water bottles
  • Avoid handling receipts
  • Reduce your consumption of canned food

(This article is based on an ABC News item http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/reduced-fertility-rates-common-chemicals-food-cleaning-products/9050212 .)

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