Fragrances and Fertility

Did you know that fragrances have been linked to a number of health problems, including reproductive problems? Studies have shown that exposure to phthalates, chemicals often present in artificial fragrances, can damage the ovaries and interfere with egg development.

IVF clinics are aware of the potential risks of phthalates, so they often forbid patients from using scented products before an egg retrieval. This is because the chemicals in these products can enter the bloodstream and travel to the ovaries, where they can damage the eggs.

If you are trying to conceive, it is important to avoid products that contain phthalates. Look for products that are labeled as "phthalate-free" or "fragrance-free." You can also avoid scented products by using unscented soap, lotion, and laundry detergent.

Here are some tips for avoiding phthalates in home and personal care products:

  • Read product labels carefully. Look for products that are labeled as "phthalate-free" or "fragrance-free."
  • Avoid products that contain the words "perfume", "parfum", or "fragrance" on the ingredient list as thousands of chemicals, including phthalates, can hide behind these generic terms.
  • Choose products that are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients.
  • Buy products from companies that have a good reputation for safety.

Here are some more interesting facts about phthalates:

  • Phthalates are known as endocrine disruptors, which means that they can interfere with the body's natural hormone production.
  • Phthalates can be absorbed through the skin, lungs, and gut.
  • There is no safe level of exposure to phthalates.

If you are concerned about your exposure to phthalates, talk to your doctor. They can help you to reduce your exposure and protect your health.

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