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Hormone disruption, infertility, and household chemicals
December 11, 2009, 10:56 am
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Is it a coincidence that fertility rates and testosterone levels are going down? Not according to CHEM Trust which reports that a variety of common consumer products are disturbing male hormone levels. Most of the research on hormone disruption has been on women, but plastics and other chemicals also disrupt male hormones and fertility. According to Richard Sharpe of the Medical Research Council, exposure to hormone disruptors can “feminize” male children even in the womb by blocking testosterone.

Hormone-disrupting chemicals are found in plastics, cosmetics, cleaning products and processed foods. Examples include the phthalates diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Bisphenol A (BPA) and Triclosan. Research typically focuses on one chemical at a time, ignoring the possibility that it is the accumulated effect of many chemicals that is responsible for destroying reproductive health.

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