A staggering number of U.S. couples are unable to get pregnant. According to 2013 data, about one in six couples haven't become pregnant after a year of trying. That statistic is on the rise—but why?
Increasingly, scientists are finding evidence that certain everyday chemicals could be throwing off fertility rates. The most recent study finds a link between BPA and infertility, and that's just the latest in a string of bad news related to the mass-produced chemical, which is found in the lining of most food and drink cans and in thermal cash-register-receipt paper. Infertility is becoming a hidden epidemic in the U.S., and BPA is now detected in the urine of 90 percent of Americans.
The Global Threat Lurking in Your Kitchen
In a new study looking at human eggs, which was published in the journal Human Reproduction, researchers showed BPA disrupted healthy chromosome functioning, meaning the common chemical could be a major culprit causing infertility and, potentially, certain birth defects.
Here are some staggering infertility stats from the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention:
• Number of women ages 15 to 44 with impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term: 6.7 million
• Number of married women ages 15 to 44 who are infertile: 1.5 million
• Number of women ages 15 to 44 who have used infertility services: 7.4 million
How to avoid this toxic chemical:
• Eat fresh and frozen food instead of canned.
• Ditch plastic food-storage containers. BPA can leach from No. 7 plastics containing polycarbonate. Other types of plastics have been shown to leach other hormone-disrupting chemicals, so opt for glass or food-grade stainless steel instead.
• Decline receipts for frivolous purchases, never give receipts to young children, who may be apt to put them into their mouths, and put receipts you need to save in an envelope or box right away—don't let them hang out in a pocket, purse, or bag.
• Tell your favorite store to adopt digital receipts to save paper and reduce exposure to toxic BPA.
For more reasons to stay away from BPA, read about these five weird BPA health effects, including eroded teeth!
Published on: August 9, 2013
Updated on: August 13, 2013