Sometimes, despite having no apparent health problems, you may find yourself dealing with infertility. It may be worthwhile to take a closer look at certain external factors that may be the reason behind your inability to conceive. One of them is the home you live in.
Here are 5 things in your home that may be the reason behind your infertility:
Antibacterial soap may be expert at eliminating germs, but it may also have an effect on your chances of conceiving. Apart from these, certain shampoos, dishwashing liquids, and certain toothpaste may contain triclosan – a chemical linked to the endocrine disruption that may play havoc with your hormones and interfere with your reproductive system. In men, triclosan can reduce sperm count. Make sure your household soaps are free from this substance.
- Canned Goods
Hard plastics and those used to make microwave-safe food containers and water bottles may contain a chemical known as BPA or bisphenol A. It can also be found in the linings of aluminum cans. According to research, high levels of BPA in men’s urine can lower their sperm count. Even in women, those with twice as much BPA in their bloodstream had half as many viable eggs. Research has shown a link between BPA levels and polycystic ovary syndrome. Avoid canned foods and plastic containers to reduce your chances of infertility.
- Non-stick Cookware
Nonstick coating contains a chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been linked to reproductive problems. Data shows that women with high levels of PFOA in their blood found it difficult to conceive. If they do, babies born to these women are less likely to meet important developmental milestones. Try to avoid nonstick pans and go for stainless steel or Teflon pans for better chances of conceiving.
According to researchers, men who rest laptops on their laps while using them have a high scrotal temperature, which may decrease sperm count. It also has a negative effect on the production of healthy sperms and leads to infertility. To avoid this scenario, ensure that the man in your life always uses the laptop over a desk or table.
- Laundry Detergents
Certain chemicals found in laundry detergents can disrupt a woman’s regular menstrual cycle and cause miscarriage in pregnant women. It may also affect semen quality. Remember to check the contents of your laundry detergents. Switch to vegetable-based, fragrance-free detergents, which contain fewer chemicals. Also, avoid products that contain parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde.
You may not even be realizing that you’re up against some of these common, household products that might be affecting your fertility. Remember to avoid these if you’re trying to get pregnant. You can also meet our experts at KIMS Cuddles to learn more about ways to avoid infertility.
*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.