Delicious Living: Are women today having a more difficult time getting pregnant than their grandmothers did?

Victoria Maizes, MD: Yes. One factor is age; women are having kids later than they used to, and the older you get, the more challenging it is to conceive. But another huge obstacle is endocrine disruptors that are now common in everyday chemicals: in the pesticides in our food, in our personal care and cleaning products, and even in our furniture. It’s easy for reproductive hormonal function to be thrown out of whack from exposure like this. For example, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23347089; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23672405" target="_top">numerous studies conclude that bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in the lining of many canned foods, contributes to infertility.