There’s so much in today’s world that can harm us. In many ways, living in moderation and relying on experts and research can direct your decisions, but when you’re trying to have a little one, you need to make sure to take the precautions your doctor recommends. Here are some common things to avoid, as well as some things you can add into your daily lifestyle.
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Glycol Ether: A solvent in some water-based paints, varnishes, and stains, it can disrupt your menstrual cycle and possibly cause a miscarriage. It can also lower sperm quality. If you’re planning on any painting or maybe refinishing some furniture, avoid products with glycol ether.
Triclosan: Found in some soaps, shampoos, and toothpastes, this chemical has been linked to endocrine disruption that can interfere with your reproductive cycle, and your partner’s sperm count. Check the ingredients of any of those products you buy.
Unfiltered water: Today, it contains more chemicals from medicines and pesticides entering the water supply. Use filtered water to reduce your exposure.
Bisphenol A: Also known as BPA, this chemical is often in hard plastics, water bottles, aluminum cans, and receipt paper. The chemical can lower sperm count, and might lower egg count. It’s also been linked to polycystic ovary syndrome, which can lead to infertility. Avoid canned foods and plastic containers with the recycling symbols 3 and 7, and try to wash your hands after handling a receipt or money.
Parabens: Found in many cosmetics, parabens have been linked to reduced fertility and disruption of your endocrine system. Use paraben-free makeup, or natural essential oils for perfume.
To counteract the effects of many of our environmental toxins you come into contact with, make some changes to your diet and ingest foods that will help to balance your hormones. Try coconut oil, avocados, salmon, raw yogurt, and evening primrose oil.
Making these changes can put you on the road to fertility. For more ideas on how to walk that path, make an appointment with us today by giving us a call at 717-747-3099 or clicking the link below to schedule an appointment.