NEW STUDY: BPA Exposure May Impact Reproductive Capacity

Just when we’re being told to quit freaking out about bisphenol-A (BPA), a study released this month shows that BPA exposure, even in small doses may inhibit pregnancy. In this study, researchers exposed mice to very small amounts of BPA while the mice were in the womb and also shortly after they were born. Later the researchers found that these exposed mice experienced few problems conceiving when they were young. However, as the mice aged, they had a harder time becoming pregnant. Furthermore, the mice exposed to BPA gave birth to smaller than average litters. Mice not exposed to BPA while in the womb or shortly after birth had fewer problems getting pregnant, no matter their age and gave birth to normal sized litters.

This study shows that perinatal exposure to BPA can lead to a decline in the reproductive capacity of female mice and the researchers conclude that the same may hold true for women. This is an important consideration since many couples are waiting to have children until they’re older and more settled. BPA exposure, even in small doses, when mixed with age, could be a deterrent to becoming pregnant. While you shouldn’t be overly alarmed if you’ve been waiting to have kids, this study is certainly food for thought. Plus, as the study shows, low level BPA exposure isn’t just bad for you, but for your own child’s future fertility as well. It’s simply best to avoid exposure to BPA when possible. For example:

+ Perinatal Exposure to Environmentally Relevant Levels of Bisphenol-A Decreases Fertility and Fecundity in CD-1 Mice.

+ Source via msn

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One Response to “NEW STUDY: BPA Exposure May Impact Reproductive Capacity”

  1. sewnnatural says:

    Great post – thank you for keeping up the focus on BPA! The molecular form and amounts of BPA on receipts is of huge concern – it’s “loose” rather than confined within a plastic, such as in Nalgene bottles. So just touching a receipt can transfer the BPA onto, and into skin. I’ve started asking local stores if they would be willing to switch to BPA-free thermal paper, and slowly some of our favorite haunts are switching. It’s even nastier for the store clerks who handle the paper dozens – hundreds? of times a day. Many thermal paper companies have eliminated BPA and we need to ask stores and their suppliers to stop the BPA yuck.

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