A Recent Study Conducted On Mice Showed That Early Exposure To BPA Reduced Fertility As The Mice Aged.

A recent study conducted on mice showed that early exposure to BPA reduced fertility as the mice aged.
A research report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives showed the effects that the chemical bisphenol A -- also known as BPA -- had on mice and their fertility. The study showed that female mice that were exposed to BPA didn't have trouble becoming pregnant when they were younger, but were less likely to become pregnant as they aged. As I've mentioned in the past, I built my family through adoption. While we chose not to become pregnant, a lot of couples adopt following fertility issues. I read a lot about about adoption and consequently, I also read a lot about fertility/infertility. I've read several blogs over the years written by women who have conjectured that BPA could have contributed to their fertility problems. For a while, we were all on alert about the presence of BPA in water bottles. And then we heard about cans (canned goods). As it turns out, BPA is present in a lot of things. The article about the BPA research study, syndicated on MSNBC, lists several items that contain BPA:
  • Cash register receipts
  • Canned foods
  • Hard plastic bottles
  • Kitchenware
  • DVDs
Did you know BPA was in DVDs and cash register receipts?! I didn't. The articles also notes that almost everyone has BPA present in their systems and that BPA can interfere with the action of estrogen (and other hormones). While previous research studies have looked for links between BPA exposure and fertility problems, "those studies have only asked whether young animals might have trouble getting pregnant on the first try after being exposed to the chemical." Consider the following:
"To me, the most important aspect of this is the really serious implications for humans," said Patricia Hunt, a reproductive biologist at Washington State University, Pullman. She added that the new study confirms what she and others have been predicting a study like this might find. "Everyone knows our fertility starts to decline around age 35," Hunt said. "If there's an effect like this where something accelerates our reproductive decline so that instead of starting at 35, it started at 30, that would have serious repercussions for us. It would mean that more and more couples would face infertility and not be able to have the families they hoped they would be able to have."
If you'd like to read the details of the study -- how it was conducted and the precise results -- click over to MSNBC and check it out. It's very interesting and a good reason to consider doing our best to limit our -- and our childrens -- exposure to BPA.

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