If you want to get pregnant, eliminating chemicals could help boost your chances of conceiving.
Some of the research in this field has focused groups of professionals and tradespeople who handle chemicals all the time:
- A study of 398 painters in Holland exposed to organic solvents in paints, thinners and cleansers and 302 carpenters who were not exposed to these chemicals found a theoretical increase in reproductive disorders.
- Research in Argentina has shown a link between infertility and exposure to pesticides mong men working in agriculture.
- However, of seven studies into a potential risk for hairdressers, five found no connection and only two found statistically increased risks.
But there have also been several studies into the fertility of prospective parents who are exposed to chemicals through every day modern life, rather than their occupation:
- A study in California of women who lived near crops found a link between exposure to pesticides and late foetal death, with exposure between 3 and 8 weeks of pregnancy having the greatest risk.
- Researchers in China have found a link between exposure to chlorine in drinking water (used to disinfect it) and reduced sperm motility.
- An American study has found a link between reduced female fertility and exposure to fire retardant chemicals.
- Young men in the Czech Republic have been found to have reduced quality of sperm when exposed to seasonal variations in air pollution.
Avoiding chemicals in today’s world can be hard, and millions of babies are born every year to women who have routine daily exposure to fire retardant chemicals throughout their homes, chemicals in their beauty and cleaning products and traces of pesticide in their food. But if you have been struggling to conceive for some time, reducing your exposure where you can could be the lifestyle change than makes all the difference.