Mar 15, 2019
Listen up men. Two chemicals that can damage your sperm and your ability to father a normal child are lurking in and around your home. A study just published by England’s University of Nottingham shows that the plasticizer DEHP and the industrial chemical PCB153 both reduce the motility and increase the level of DNA damage of sperm exposed to them in the test tube.
DEHP is found in carpets, linoleum flooring, upholstery, clothing, and even children’s toys. Although PCB use was banned in the US more than 40 years ago, these chemicals degrade so slowly that they remain in many structures and in the soil on which we all walk and play.
Male fertility is on the decline, and sperm samples from around the world demonstrate a 50% reduction in quality over the past 80 years. If you are trying to father a child, avoid drinking from plastic containers or wearing plastic clogs that contain the organic compounds DEHP, PCBs, or BPAs. To maintain your reproductive health, drink from glass or aluminum containers and wear leather sandals. See that your kids do the same.
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Rebecca N. Sumner, Mathew Tomlinson, Jim Craigon, Gary C. W. England, Richard G. Lea. Independent and combined effects of diethylhexyl phthalate and polychlorinated biphenyl 153 on sperm quality in the human and dog. Scientific Reports, 2019; 9 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-39913-9