The study found that men with high concentrations of phthalates took longer to get their partners pregnant, and also had a 20 percent decline in fertility as compared to those with lower concentrations of phthalates in their systems.
In an October 15, 2013 article on CNN.com, Linda Giudice, who was at that time the president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, stated that "Phthalates are anti-androgens, and other studies have shown that environmental levels of phthalates in infertile men correlate with increased rates of sperm DNA damage, low sperm counts and abnormal sperm."
Also, previous studies in rodents revealed a plethora of health issues which include reproductive problems.
It is important to note that phthalates are endocrine disruptors that interfere with our hormone systems. To reduce exposure to phthalates, drink filtered water, drink out of glass containers, and microwave using glass containers. Also, do not microwave plastic products or drink from plastic containers that have been exposed to heat.
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"BPA Exposure during Pregnancy Raises Miscarriage Risk." NaturalNews. Web. 30 July 2014.
Reviewed July 31, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith