Midwest Reproductive Center

The Environment and Infertility

Dr. Dan Gehlbach clarifies the impact of BPA and connection between the environment and infertility

According to a recent study published in the Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology journal, the effects of BPA, bisphenol A, negatively impacted fertility in three generations of mice. An industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s, BPA is often found in polycarbonate plastics that coat the inside of food containers, water bottles and some dental sealants.

The study indicated that the offspring of the mice exposed to the BPA experienced reproductive issues themselves. Although a direct correlation to women has not been made, Dr. Dan Gehlbach, the medical director of our fertility center in Kansas City, wants patients to understand how the environment can impact fertility.

Understanding the correlation between the environment and infertility

In our daily lives, we all have some exposure to pesticides, chemicals, toxins, and pollution. Generally, healthy individuals do not suffer lasting effects from these environmental influences. For individuals who work in settings with repeated exposure, patients with certain medical conditions and those who undergo treatment like radiation or chemotherapy, issues such as low sperm count, repeated miscarriage and other fertility problems may occur.

During a complete fertility evaluation at our fertility center in Kansas City, Dr. Gehlbach will review your medical history, as well as your partner’s background, to gather information about potential hindrances to pregnancy, including environmental factors.

4 steps you can take to negate environmental factors

To promote overall health and maximize fertility, Dr. Gehlbach recommends that you:

  1. Eat a balanced diet that includes thoroughly washed fruits and vegetables.
  2. Exercise regularly.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep.
  4. Limit exposure to harsh chemicals.

Visit Midwest Reproductive Center for a complete fertility evaluation

Have you been trying to get pregnant without success? Dr. Dan Gehlbach and the team at our Kansas City fertility clinic have the expertise to diagnose and treat causes of infertility. We can answer any questions you have, including those related to the environment and infertility. Call our office to schedule a consultation appointment.

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