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BPA May Reduce Fertility

Bisphenol A, abbreviated BPA, is a common component in many plastics and is considered a hormone disruptor. A study presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting showed that when male mice are exposed to BPA, fertility suffers. Sperm counts were lower and testosterone levels dropped. More significantly, the litters these mice fathered were 50 percent smaller.
Another study presented at this meeting demonstrated that female monkeys exposed to BPA before birth had detectable changes in uterine development. Although the impact of long-term exposure to BPA on fertility remains controversial, experts are cautioning pregnant women to reduce their exposure to this chemical if at all possible.
[Endocrine Society’s 93rd Annual Meeting]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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