5 Household Chemicals That Affect Fertility

There are several common chemicals which we use in our houses on a daily basis that can affect fertility, a recent research has confirmed. Most of these chemicals are important ingredients in cosmetic and cleaning products, the only problem is their toxicity can have a negative effect on an individual’s well-being, fertility and family life.

Which is why you have to pay attention to the ingredients in products you buy so it won’t have a negative impact on your reproduction. Here are some of the chemicals found to affect fertility;

1. Cleaning and cosmetic products with fragrance

Artificial fragrances in household and cosmetic products, such as fabric softeners, shampoos, disinfectants, air fresheners and laundry detergents, are often bonded by phthalate esters. These chemicals bond fragrances to clothing and other surfaces, leaving them with a pleasant odor.

Problem is, chemicals can enter the body through skin contact and respiration. The hormone altering effects of phthalate is a major cause of human infertility and miscarriage of early prenancies. Also, it has been linked to low sexual performance, low sperm count and birth deformities. When buying products, check the ingredients for these phthalate ingredients: DBP, DEP, DEHP, Bis 2-ethylhexyl, BzBP and DMP.

2. Grease-cutting cleaning agents

Solvents contained in many carpet, oven, glass and surface cleaners, contain the substance EGBE or 2-butoxyethanol, which is a major grease-cutting ingredient. Some lab tests have shown that this chemical cause fertility problems in animals. Although the skin cannot easily absorb these substances, it is advised that you cover your body and nose when using them to avoid body contact with them. High level of exposure can lead to reduced fertility both in males and females.

3. Products containing parabens

Many products like moisturizers, shaving gel and lubricants are preserved with parabens. However, studies have shown that over-exposure to such preservatives can reduce sperm count, negatively affect fertility and increase aging of the skin.

4. Products with non-stick surfaces

Many of the packaged food containers, non-stick cookware, non-stick bathroom cleaners and treated clothing contain PFOAs (perfluorooctanoate) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate). And these chemicals negatively affect fertility, liver and kidney functions.

5. Antibacterial and foam-forming products

Products like soaps, shampoos, washing soap, bathing soap toothpaste, cleaning agents and any other product that foams have a major ingredient called Anionic surfactants (e.g sodium laureth sulfate). And these substances contain chemical elements called nitrosamines that are linked to low sperm count, cancers and reproductive hormone disturbances.

Also the chemical triclosan, found in some toothpastes, gels, and antibacterial hand washes, has been linked to a weakened immune system, birth defects and decreased fertility.

It is unfortunate that many of the things we use these days contain chemicals and even though we don’t consume them we still inhale them and have bodily contact with them. We therefore have to find ways to find natural alternatives to household products and personal care.

Also, read the label of whatever product you want to buy and identify that any of these above chemicals are not used. You can substitute some cleaning agents with baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. For face mask, you can use alvocado and honey for face mask, natural oils like coconut and olive as moisturizers.

Finding alternatives can be tasking, but let’s make step to living healthy. Baby dusts to you Mamalette!

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Studies have shown that 1 in 4 pregnancies end up in miscarriage. Yet no woman would lose her child and not almost lose her mind, I’ve been there so I know how heart-wrenching it is. Which is why it’s not hard to understand why women who had miscarried are forever changed.

When they finally get pregnant, they become worried, for their unborn babies, have sleepless nights, I’d lost two babies before I finally carried the third one to term. Many women who have had miscarriages in the past sometimes dream about losing their baby when they finally get pregnant again.

A friend of mine who had had 4 miscarriages said “There are nights I’ll wake up sweating from a nightmare where I lost my baby again” When I wake up, I would hug my belly and cry as if the dream is for real. If my baby doesn’t kick to say good morning I’d become scared, and even though I was heavily pregnant and my bump was staring me in the face I still couldn’t believe I would be a mother”

Thankfully, she gave birth to the 5th pregnancy safely, a bouncing healthy baby boy! But this is the concern most moms who have had miscarriages in the past have when they finally become pregnant again.

To heal physically, what most women need is ample rest and proper diet to help them,  but healing emotionally? That’s usually tough. The feeling of guilt and shame may be there but to heal emotionally, you need to forgive yourself!

And talk about it, talk about how rough your path to motherhood has been to people or a friend who would listen and understand, the reason why most people don’t really heal is because they never really talk about their experience and rough journey to motherhood.

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