Perth experts are looking at what’s behind growing IVF rates and infertility problem.
One in six couples will need help to conceive, one in 25 children in Australia are born through IVF and one in seven children in Australia are born through in vitro for women 37 years and over.
Experts are putting it down to multiple factors, such as couples waiting until later in life to conceive and increased exposure to pollutants and chemicals, reports 9 news.
Perth fertility specialist Professor Roger Hart has conducted an early study which has revealed there may be some common items in the home that is contributing to increased fertility issues.
“There is preliminary data to suggest that exposures to plastics and environmental pollutants can have negative impacts on the egg and the sperm,” Prof. Hart revealed.
“Exposure to phthalates which are chemical found in plastics and also make up, of the mother, when we assess their sons sperm counts and testicular size, aged 20 years of age, they’re reduced.”
Phthalates can be found in cleaning products, make up, nail polish, hairspray and perfumes.
He is urging people to minimise exposure to products with the chemical.
“Exposure to cleaning fluids, minimising the use of make up and hair dye. other chemicals that we perhaps don’t think about. Plastics exposure, trying to minimise our exposure to those.”
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