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Chemicals that affect fertility

It was during the 1940s that modern agricultural practices started with the use of pesticides to kill off insects that would eat and damage crops. These were introduced at a time when people could still remember the rationing of foods during the Second World War and was therefore seen as necessary to feed the population. It was shortly after this time that male sperm concentrations started to decline.

As technology advanced many chemicals were created to enhance our lives by killing bacteria to keep our living and working areas clean and cloth us; such as synthetic polymers; nylon and polyester. Chemicals were used in the farming of animals as well as spraying onto crops. Even more chemicals were created for beauty, hygiene and in healthcare. Suddenly chemicals that don’t exist in Nature are bombarding people’s bodies.

Our bodies are from Nature; they are not man made and so struggle to coexist with man-made elements. In this short space in our history, we have not evolved to live in harmony with such chemicals. This has lead to the rise in ill health, infertility and other diseases such as cancer.

Chemicals to avoid

Chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, pesticides, phenols, alkyl phenols, some phthalates and parabens have been shown to posses oestrogenic properties or to trigger mechanisms of oestrogen action. PCBs have been detected in the seminal fluid of infertile men, causing them to have lower ejaculate volume, sperm count, progressive motility, normal morphology and fertilising ability.

I believe that the increase in reproductive autoimmune infertility seen in women today is partly caused by an overdose of exposure to these chemicals. Not only does it affect adults and their fertility, but children too.

Our children suffer from exposure to chemicals even before they are born, with increased wheezing and asthma rates due to mothers breathing in cleaning chemicals whilst pregnant.