What is in this article?:
- Fertility foods
- Are women today having a more difficult time getting pregnant?
- What should women eat to boost fertility?
- What about fish?
- Are processed foods linked to infertility?
- Why is weight gain linked to infertility?
- What part do supplements play in fertility?
- What environmental toxins interfere with hormones?
Hope to get pregnant now or someday? The foods you choose—and avoid—can help ensure that all systems are go when you’re ready. Get the latest holistic wisdom in this Q&A with Victoria Maizes, MD, author of Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child (Scribner, 2013).
What environmental toxins interfere with hormones?
DL: What are the top environmental toxins that can interfere with hormones?
VM: In addition to BPA (mentioned above), I’m concerned about phthalates, which are used to make plastics more flexible and are found in nail polish, hair spray, and perfumes. Men exposed to more phthalates have lower sperm counts, reduced sperm quality, and significantly lower testosterone levels. Then there are polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), persistent environmental pollutants found in furniture, mattresses, and carpets. Although their intended use is as flame-retardants, their unintended side effect is abnormal thyroid function, which can impair fertility.