Just when we’re being told to quit freaking out about bisphenol-A (BPA), a study released this month shows that BPA exposure, even in small doses may inhibit pregnancy. In this study, researchers exposed mice to very small amounts of BPA while the mice were in the womb and also shortly after they were born. Later the researchers found that these exposed mice experienced few problems conceiving when they were young. However, as the mice aged, they had a harder time becoming pregnant. Furthermore, the mice exposed to BPA gave birth to smaller than average litters. Mice not exposed to BPA while in the womb or shortly after birth had fewer problems getting pregnant, no matter their age and gave birth to normal sized litters.
This study shows that perinatal exposure to BPA can lead to a decline in the reproductive capacity of female mice and the researchers conclude that the same may hold true for women. This is an important consideration since many couples are waiting to have children until they’re older and more settled. BPA exposure, even in small doses, when mixed with age, could be a deterrent to becoming pregnant. While you shouldn’t be overly alarmed if you’ve been waiting to have kids, this study is certainly food for thought. Plus, as the study shows, low level BPA exposure isn’t just bad for you, but for your own child’s future fertility as well. It’s simply best to avoid exposure to BPA when possible. For example:
- Wash up after handling receipts.
- Use BPA-free water bottles.
- Buy BPA-free toys.
- Look for BPA-free baby bottles and BPA-free toddler dishes.
- Avoid canned foods – eat fresh or frozen instead.
- Use plastic-free food storage.