Posted on Feb 17, 2009 | Comments 0
Most households across America are not pro-fertility.
According to a recent study, women with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in their households might have a more difficult time getting pregnant.
The current belief is that these PFC’s interfere with the menstrual cycle.
These chemicals do not prevent pregnancy, but women exposed to these chemicals might take longer to become pregnant.
Given the prevalence of these chemicals, it might be difficult to take account of and eliminate all of them.
Also, as of yet, studies have not proven that PFC’s prevent pregnancy but only that there is a relationship between pregnancy and infertility.
Still, the prevalence of products with PFC’s in American households might make it really difficult to avoid PFC’s.
Products with these contaminants
Non-stick pans, furniture, skin creams, clothes, carpets, Teflon, sprays for leather, shoes, paints and cleaning products, shampoo, floor wax, food packaging and many electronic applications with liquid coolants may cause infertility.
There are also a lot of industrial products that use PFC’s in their processing. Landfills are also sources for PFC contamination and those who live near landfills are more likely to suffer from infertility issues.
Other Health Effects besides Infertility
PFC’s can cause a variety of health problems such as:
- Developmental problems
- Liver problems
- Weight changes in organs
PFC’s are a relatively newly studied chemical and scientists are just starting to uncover the effects that PFC’s have on the body.
Alternatives to these chemicals
Several companies are releasing PFC-free alternatives to PFC-containing products. These products include:
- Mineral colorant mascara
- Glycogen protein, rosa mosqueta and green tea shampoo
- Rosa mosqueta, Almond and sea buckthorn hand lotions
- Rosemary and geranium skin care
- PFC-free cleaning products such as vegetable wash
- Organic clothing
- Nontreated furniture
Fertility boosting drugs
A whole bunch of fertility drugs help increase ovulation. These drugs can potentially help overcome decreased fertility caused by PFC’s.
These drugs can be combined with vitro-fertilization in order to maximize effectiveness.
The two most common kinds of fertility drugs are clomid and serophene. These two drugs are designed to increase the number of hormones in the bloodstream that cause infertility.
These pills are taken once a day for five days. 50% of women successfully get pregnant after taking clomid and serophene. If these medications are not effective, your doctor might actually try to inject hormones directly into your body.
Other ways to increase fertility
Women who have the recommended weight are more likely to get pregnant. Trans-fats and sugars decrease your chances of getting pregnant.
Vegetables, fiber, exercise and dairy products all help to increase fertility. Partners should experiment with sexual positions, since the sexual position might be preventing pregnancy.
There are also some herbs that help with pregnancy like chasteberry and dong quai. You might also want to consider taking a vacation.
A vacation to a natural setting can not only relieve stress but also removes you from the PFC setting that might be causing your infertility.
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