Health + Infertility – Part 1:BPA

Over the last 6 months to a year I’ve been doing a ton of research on how to improve our fertility chances naturally. It all started with researching vitamins and food, which is when we made several changes. But it didn’t stop there. I couldn’t help but think about how prevalent infertility is now. Much more than years ago. Part of that might be technology and the ability to diagnose and measure the number of people struggling. But I have to think there is a reason that the average sperm count in males used to be 200 million, and now it is 40 million. And, I think a lot of it is due to the environment around us and the things we put in our bodies.

Dateline Video
So, during the time I was looking into this, we came across a Dateline special on a typical American family who uses everyday household products as well as eats an average diet. The study they did was to measure the level of hormone disruptors in their bodies.

It was absolutely shocking.

They took baseline levels to check the amounts of BPA, Tricolsan and Phthalates. They then removed all products and foods containing the hormone disruptions from their home and retested. Of course, the levels dropped tremendously. The even more disturbing part was the levels in their 1 and 2 year old aged children before removing the products/foods were off the charts.

So after researching online and seeing the dateline video we started examining all the products we use and keep in the house; cleaning supplies, cosmetics, storage containers, canned foods, etc.

It’s definitely information overload, so I’m just going to focus on BPA for this post.

BPA
I’m sure most people have heard this or at least seen the BPA labels more over the past years. But if you haven’t, BPA is used to make plastics such as water bottles, sports equipment, lining of pipes, food cans, and beverage cans.

The bad thing about BPA is it releases hormone-like properties. It has Estrogenic Activity which means it mimics the estrogen hormone in our body. In turn, it causes hazards to children, fetuses and infants and has been linked to early puberty, compromised quality of eggs, reduced sperm counts, altered functions of organs, increased rates of cancer, etc etc etc. Some studies have linked prenatal exposure while in the womb to later the baby having physical and neurological difficulties. A 2011 study that investigated the number of chemicals pregnant women are exposed to found BPA in 96% of women. Scary stuff!!

A quote from this article  regarding IVF says, “In the study, doctors collected 24 percent fewer eggs from women with high levels of BPA in their bodies, compared with women who had low levels of the industrial chemical.”

So what are some changes you can make that we have also done to remove BPA from entering our bodies?

– Get rid of all plastics with numbers 1,3,6 and 7 on the bottom. Use glass when possible
– Avoid heating food in plastic containers (regardless of what number is on the bottom)
– Stop using canned foods. The main thing we eat canned is legumes, which we eat a TON of, so now      instead I buy them dry and cook them myself. (Eden’s Organic cans are BPA – free). This article lists other cans you can buy that are BPA – free
– Don’t drink bottled water. Use only use BPA – free water bottles or glass.

What more information? Google Infertility + BPA and there will be article after article on the negative affects of BPA + infertility. I hope this brings awareness to others as it sure was eye opening for us and I’ll be doing more posts in the future of other household products that affect fertility and our health.

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15 Comments
  • Nathalie Willmott
    Posted at 18:37h, 06 July Reply

    I completely agree with you, there has to be a reason this is more and more common, and I put that down to the food we eat which is now full of chemicals and the toxins around us which have only been apart of the industrialised world for the last 100 years or so. This is going to get worse with more and more couples struggling. (p.s my email has stopped working and I can’t figure it out so sorry if I don’t reply) xx

  • Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples
    Posted at 18:57h, 06 July Reply

    Thank you for posting this! It is so important for people to become aware of the harmfulness of these types of chemicals. Great post!

  • Aubrey
    Posted at 21:06h, 06 July Reply

    This is such a great post full of really interesting, scary and helpful information. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  • JoJo
    Posted at 21:51h, 06 July Reply

    Wow! It blows my mind of how everything around us even if it seems harmless is affecting us deeply. Thanks for the post!

  • Chrissie
    Posted at 03:16h, 07 July Reply

    We recently went through and got rid of all our noon BPA tupperware to try and limit our exposure. I need to be better about using dried beans too. I am just such a bad planner and cooking them takes longer than I give time for. I guess if I just stop buying the cans I would have no other option and would have to not be so lazy!
    Thanks for the information Its so scary that the FDA allows it to be in so many of the things we consume in different ways. Surely it would be in their best interest to prevent the population consuming it.
    I think I remember reading that in Europe they haven;t allowed BPA for a long time.

  • Melanie
    Posted at 01:53h, 07 July Reply

    WOW! That is some very interesting info!!!

  • Laura
    Posted at 15:31h, 07 July Reply

    Yikes! This confirms what I’ve been thinking too. This is some great information, but also really eye opening into things that seriously need to change ASAP!

  • Gypsy Mama
    Posted at 16:26h, 07 July Reply

    Wow, what a great post!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to write it all out and share with us. This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately myself. I’ve switched to all natural soap and shampoo/conditioner but I still have a long way to go…. makeup is my next step. It is probably more expensive but definitely worth it!

  • Egg Timer
    Posted at 13:21h, 08 July Reply

    Fascinating! Excellent post. Many people ignore these things.

  • Amie
    Posted at 16:14h, 08 July Reply

    Wow, I kind of had and idea but not in detail. I just looked at the very bottom of the water bottle I am drinking out of and it’s a 1!! This seems like a change I make for us 🙂 Thank you for the info!

  • lollygirl3
    Posted at 16:25h, 08 July Reply

    Thanks, lady! This is one area I have not ventured much into yet… Glad to be learning about it before we have kids!

  • Mrs. E
    Posted at 22:14h, 08 July Reply

    I knew about the dangers of BPA in general, but had never really thought about its connection to infertility. Thanks for writing such a clear, informative post!

  • Amy
    Posted at 02:02h, 09 July Reply

    Wow! I started looking at some of our stuff around the house. Everything is in #1 plastic (contact solution, shampoo, spices, cleaning supplies. ..) What do you do about all this stuff?

  • Em
    Posted at 17:37h, 12 July Reply

    Wow! This is so eye-opening. I had no idea. All of this stuff can feel so overwhelming to me (like looking on the bottom of all plastics and replacing a bunch of them), so I like that you just wrote about BPA today. It makes it a whole lot more manageable.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 20:39h, 14 July Reply

    Thanks for the information! I’m going to clean out my cabinets this week! 😉

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