As you probably already know this year I decided to help you all build a fertility lifestyle month by month by offering guidance using my Creation Fertility Toolkit each month. This month’s new moon reading considers “chemicals” and how it impacts on hormone balance and fertility.
Here’s the video
Can environmental toxins affect fertility?
Have you ever considered that environmental toxins could be impacting on your ability to conceive? Where you work and what you are exposed to on a daily basis can impact on how quickly you become pregnant. Over the past couple of months I have been discussing how to set Fertility Intentions to build a healthy fertility lifestyle. We have discussed how to become womb positive and Address addictions; So today we are looking at how environmental toxins can affect your fertility.
Everyday environmental toxins
Every day a cloud of potentially hormone disrupting toxins surround us, pesticides and herbicides in our soil, chemicals and additives in food, tampons, contaminants in water ,pollutants in car exhausts and cigarette smoke (see addictions). Chemicals in solvents, plastics, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, toys (including sex toys), pesticides, adhesives as well as those we absorb through our skin in make up – hair dyes, household cleaning products , mobile phones and much more. What about your VDU or air conditioning at your work place and wi-fi?
The NIEHS supports studies to determine whether exposure to endocrine disruptors may result in human health effects including lowered fertility and an increased incidence of endometriosis and some cancers. Research shows that endocrine disruptors may pose the greatest risk during prenatal and early postnatal development when organ and neural systems are forming.
There have been many studies showing that ingredients in our cleaning products can affect hormonal balance .
An estimated 9 million people died from pollution exposure during 2017.
The Lancet (2017) documents that up to 25% of premature deaths can be attributed to pollution, especially air
According to US scientists toxic metals, pesticides and chemicals commonly found in food packaging including plastics upholstery and carpets mimic the action of oestrogen and potentially damage women’s fertility and have been linked with infertility in animals.
More than 100 pesticides in any medium air, water or soil can cause birth defects, gene mutation and cancer (conserve-energy-future.com)
Per fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are used to make products like Teflon, as well as waterproof clothing, pesticides and upholstery. The study found that exposure to high levels of the chemicals, which can remain in the environment and the body for decades, could leave women struggling to get pregnant. (29.01.2009, News Infertility Network UK)
A study in 2005 reported that chemicals travel through the umbilical cord and reach the unborn baby. The study “revealed the presence of approximately 100 synthetic chemicals in the umbilical cords of newborns” Houlihan et al “Body Burden:The Pollution in Newborns”, Environmental Working Groups July 14, 2005
Human Reproduction update (2005) has published a list of occupations that may be toxic to fertility. They include: taxi and lorry drivers, motor mechanics, welders, bakers, cooks, fire fighters, painters and lab workers, cleaners, farmers, doctors, dentists and health care workers, those you work in the beauty industry, manufacturing, IT workers and high stress workers! So that’s most of us!
So, this month please consider how you may be able to become chemical free. Here are some suggestions:
Invest in a Fertility MOT to assess toxic load – super important post failed IVF or when preparing for pregnancy.
Choose organic foods and nourish your fertility
Don’t wrap or heat food in plastic or cling film and avoid microwaves when possible
Avoid aluminium kitchenware, foil and foods
Dry Skin Brush – Did you know that more than a pound of waste products are discharged through your skin every day?
Check ingredients in hair care products, dyes, toiletries, cosmetics, deodorants, perfumes, air fresheners and cleaning products. Download
Watch this informative video. It explains how chemicals affect our health, fertility and children
Justine Evans is the founder of Creation Fertility and it’s products. She connects life with natural cycles and seasons, integrating Western science with traditional healing & alchemy. Justine is a registered Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, a Usui and Seichem Reiki Master/ Teacher, works with Goddess energy and and runs a private Women’s Natural Health and Fertility Clinic in Richmond Borough, Surrey.
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