Toothpaste, shaving creams, sunscreen lotions, and antibacterial soaps can reduce one’s chances of fatherhood! Though it is hard to believe, it is a fact. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) present in many household items mimic endocrine hormones and have a negative impact on men’s reproductive health thereby leading to infertility issues.  

List of EDCs: 

  • Parabens found in deodorants, toothpaste, hair care products, lotion 
  • Phthalates & BPA found in food storage materials, children’s products 
  • Triclosan found in hand sanitizer, antibacterial soaps 
  • Perfluorochemicals found in textiles 
  • Pesticides – DDT 
  • Mercury – dental fillings, batteries 
  • Cadmium – pigments, plastics 
  • Glycol ethers – printing inks, leather, varnish 

How EDCs affect male fertility? 

EDCs affect the production of sperm, and semen quality and also cause chromosomal abnormalities in sperm thereby resulting in infertility issues.  

How to avoid EDCs? 

  • Reduce the use of plastics, cosmetics 
  • Check for paraben-free and BPA free labels when you buy a product 
  • Avoid non-stick cookware 
  • Avoid packaged food 
  • Choose organic food 

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