The Dangers of Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Male Fertility
The dangers and effects of BPA have been questioned for a few years now. BPA is considered to be a hormone disrupter and has been directly linked to male infertility as well as other medical disorders such as cancer.
When it comes to male fertility, Bisphenol-A has been shown to significantly decrease both sperm quality and mobility leading to problems with conception.
The alarming issue about BPA is that even though there has been little testing done about the dangers of this chemical on male fertility, the results are disturbing and have a very negative impact on your ability to have a child.
Bisphenol-A is on the growing list of chemicals that disrupt the body’s endocrine system and damage human fertility.
What’s disturbing is that somehow these endocrine disrupters have managed to slip by certain regulations since these regulations were put in place to deal with only high levels of toxicity.
What scientists around the world are learning is that any chemical in even small doses can have a seriously damaging impact on how our bodies function, and in particular the functioning of the male and female reproductive system.
What is Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
Bisphenol-A is a chemical that is typically known by scientists around the world as an “endocrine disruptor”.
This means that it causes abnormalities in the reproductive system of both men and women much in the same way that natural or man-made estrogen behaves in the body.
To put it more simply, BPA disrupts normal hormone function by blocking or copying the normal function of these hormones.
It’s becoming more and more difficult for us to reduce and eliminate our exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins. Most of us are exposed to a large number of chemicals every day.
BPA is used to make tin cans that are water-tight and to make plastic materials harder and more durable. You’ll find Bisphenol-A in most drink and food cans, plastic containers, the outer casing of mobile phones and in other electronic products.
Most people are exposed to BPA through the foods and drinks they consume.
BPA Decreases Male Fertility
There have been many studies done on the harmful effects of BPA on both male and female infertility which clearly indicate the adverse impact this chemical has on a couple’s ability to conceive a baby naturally.
Studies show that men who have high levels of BPA in their body have sperm that is of low quality as well as sperm with decreased mobility.
Both good quality sperm and sperm that are mobile are necessary for conception to occur. In several different studies, high levels of BPA showed a 23 percent decline in sperm concentration and a 7.5 percent decline in sperm mobility.
Adequate sperm mobility is necessary for the sperm to penetrate through the female’s cervical mucus so that the egg can be fertilized.
Many studies revealed that even minimal exposure to Bisphenol-A can decrease sperm concentration by 10 percent.
Furthermore high levels of BPA show a 10 percent increase in DNA damage to the sperm. What all of this means is that the continuing use of BPA is going to continue to harm the body’s reproductive cycle.
Limit your Exposure to Bisphenol-A
With all of the damage that BPA can do to your fertility, it’s imperative that you avoid this common chemical as much as you can.
There are other chemicals, such as phthalates, that can also affect male infertility by damaging sperm quality and mobility.
Most of us come into contact with BPA and phthalates each day which means that the compounded result of all these chemicals can have a very negative effect on sperm quality and a man’s ability to conceive at all.
In order to protect and shield your fertility the following tips are recommended:
- Eat a diet that is low in dairy and meat and high in foods that are antioxidant-rich such as leafy greens, blueberries, apricots, and tomatoes. Studies show that men who have infertility problems and low-quality sperm often eat a diet that is low in nutrition.
- Use as few canned foods as possible. Tin cans have an epoxy resin lining in them that is made from BPA. Avoid using plastic pitchers, cups, and other dishware that contain polycarbonate plastic. Polycarbonate plastic is made from Bisphenol-A. Instead, choose glasses or water bottles that are made of stainless steel.
Over six billion pounds of Bisphenol-A are produced every year. In September of 2010, Environment Canada had determined that Bisphenol-A is a “toxic substance”.
In the United States, 11 states have banned BPA from both baby bottles and sippy cups for children. As more research is done about the damage that Bisphenol-A does to both male and female fertility it’s certain that this chemical will become more and more banned around the world.
In the meantime take care of your fertility by focusing on the health and safety of the foods you eat and the products you come into contact with.