There are multiple reasons everyone should steer clear of common chemicals like phthalates, lead, and benzophenones, but for men who are part of a couple trying to conceive, a new study just added a compelling one: a longer time to conception. The study showed that exposure to these chemicals in men resulted in up to a 30% reduction in couple reproductivity rate or “couple fecundity,” which basically means that getting pregnant took longer. The study used data from 501 couples, including blood and urine samples from both the men and the women as well as info from daily journals, and found that chemicals such as a concentration of lead, a type of benzophenone (which can be found in plastic packaging), monobenzyl, and monomethyl phthalates and seven types of PCBs (which are used in plastics, inks, adhesives, and paints) had a particularly significant effect on the time it took for the couples to conceive. Interestingly, the presence of these chemicals in the man’s body actually had more of an effect on the amount of time it took to conceive than when the chemicals were present in a woman’s body. This study adds to the growing body of research demonstrating the importance of men’s health and the state of their bodies at and before the time of conception. The good news: all of the couples in the study did eventually become pregnant.

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via Healthy Child

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