Last week I spoke about the importance of organic foods in your diet for fertility. Today I want to bring to light another area of your life that impacts your fertility daily… your skin care.
When it comes to discovering the reasons it may be hard for some to get pregnant, we ask you to look at every aspect of your life… even the skin care products you use.
Just about every woman has an arsenal of lotions, potions and creams designed to ward off wrinkles, smooth away fine lines and take away those dark spots. Even if you aren’t worried about aging yet, the odds are good that your bathroom cabinet is filled with specialty soaps, shampoos and other hair care products. Could it be our quest for beauty is causing widespread infertility – or at least a more difficult journey down the path of parenthood?
According to research published in several medical journals and conducted at such prestigious institutions as Harvard and UCLA, many of the ingredients found in common everyday skin and personal hygiene products contain high levels of perfluorinated chemicals, better known as PFC’s. Anyone who has heard the term PFC know that these toxins can be dangerous to our health and well being, even causing cancer in many instances.
Coming in contact with these PFC’s can – and does – cause a variety of infertility issues, claim the experts. One study conducted by UCLA researcher Chunyuan Fei, and published online in Human Reproduction, states that women with higher-than-normal levels of PFC’s have exhibited a 60-154% higher risk of infertility than those who do not.
What makes their inclusion in skin care products is the fact that these creams and lotions are designed to absorbed into the skin for effectiveness, sending these dangerous toxins straight to our cells and bloodstream where they can travel throughout the body’s systems, creating havoc wherever they go.
Men, too need to watch out for the skin creams, deodorants and sprays they use, which may contain the same high levels of PFC’s as women’s products. Like their female partners, PFC’s can affect their fertility by decreasing the volume, overall health and mobility of tier sperm.
So, what’s the answer? For women of child-bearing years, the best advice is to go natural. That does not mean that you have to forgo taking care of your skin. It just means to be careful about the products you buy. Use only products that contain all-natural ingredients. Read those labels. If you can not pronounce a word, the odds are it is not natural, but a chemical.
Be careful though, because some products touted as all-natural or organic on the label still contain many preservatives and toxic chemicals. Truly natural products are made with ingredients that are derived form nature – not a laboratory. Most are sold in health food stores and must either be kept refrigerated, or come in darkened bottles and have a shorter shelf life than their chemical-laden counterparts.