Are EDCs impacting your fertility?

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The endocrine system is composed of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones regulate various functions in the body, such as metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, and mood. The endocrine system is responsible for regulating many processes in the body, including growth and development, metabolism, and sexual function.

EDCs, or endocrine disrupting chemicals, are a growing environmental concern. They are found in a variety of products, from personal care products to some plastics. These can have a serious impact on our health.

Examples of products that may contain EDCs are:

1. Scented candles

Some scented candles can contain a variety of EDCs, including phthalates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances. Phthalates, for example, are a group of chemicals used to soften plastics and are found in many scented candles. Parabens are preservatives used to prolong the shelf life of products, and synthetic fragrances are used to create the scent of the product.

2. Personal care products, such as cosmetics, lotions, and shampoos 

Often these products contain synthetic fragrances. Whilst not all synthetic fragrances contain EDCs, some do. As well as this, these often also contain paraben and phthalates.

3. Household cleaning products

Cleaning products such as laundry detergents, air fresheners, polishes and bleaches could contain EDCs because they also use synthetic fragrance.

4. Plastic water bottles

This one you may already know. Often reusable plastic water bottles will have a label on that reads "BPA free". BPAs are also EDCs and can be found in some single use plastics. 

Recent studies have suggested that exposure to EDCs may be linked to reproductive health issues, including fertility problems in both men and women.

The impact of EDCs for women

EDCs could have a significant impact on female fertility. EDCs can interfere with hormone production, leading to an imbalance in oestrogen, progesterone, and other hormones. A hormonal imbalance can impact our ability to ovulate and can therefore influence fertility.

The impact of EDCs for men

EDCs can also have an impact on male fertility. Studies have shown that EDCs can lead to decreased sperm count and decreased fertility. EDCs can interfere with testosterone production and lead to infertility.

So what can we do?

EDCs are impossible to completely avoid. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to them whilst you are trying to conceive:

1. Check your products

Whether you're buying scented candles, water bottles or shampoo, make sure where possible you are opting for BPA, paraben and phthalate free.

2. Cut down processed foods where you can

Processed foods are often packaged in plastics which could contain EDCs. As well as this, the addition of some artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives may contain them too.

3. Make sure you are eating well

A healthy diet should include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein-rich foods, and healthy fats. It should also be low in added sugars, sodium, and saturated fats. Eating a variety of foods from each food group is important for maintaining optimum health.

4. Supplements

Set yourself up for success by ensuring your have the correct levels of nutrition is a must when you are trying to conceive. 



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