Infertility linked to increased BPA levels found in urine

by Nieve Shere, L.Ac.

A recent article in the Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer reviewed journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences showed that concentrations of Bisphenal A or BPA, a chemical commonly used in plastics and resin based products, (which is nearly everything…think water bottles, toothbrushes, storage containers) found in urine of animals increased the failure of embryo implantation and liter size.

This study led to the evaluation of women undergoing IVF and the associated concentrations of BPA found in their urine. Among 137 women who underwent 180 IVF cycles, 2.22 micrograms per liter of BPA concentrations was detected in their urine. 42% of those 180 IVF cycles failed to implant. The higher concentration levels of BPA found in the urine, the greater risk of implantation failure.

It come as no surprise that plastics are toxic and harmful to our health and the environment. With rising trends of infertility, women need to pay close attention to their consumption of products stored in plastics. Endocrine- disrupting chemicals are abound in our world, we have to do what we can to limit our exposure to such chemicals. This means using any product that contains ingredients that you can’t pronounce, spell or define and or is stored in a container that is not stainless steel, glass or paper.

If you are undergoing IVF cycles, check with your doctor and have your urine check for BPA levels. This may save you a lot of time, money and heartache. 

 

Citation: Ehrlich S, Williams PL, Missmer SA, Flaws JA, Berry KF, Calafat AM, et al. 2012. Urinary Bisphenol A Concentrations and Implantation Failure among Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization. Environ Health Perspect :-. http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1104307