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!