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Environmental and Occupational Factors Affecting Female Fertility

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About one third of infertility cases in the world are due to women only. Take a look at how occupational and environmental factors affect female fertility.

Fertility can be affected on large scale to conceive and that may be affected by exposure to various toxins or chemicals available in the workplace or the surrounding environment where you spend your day. There are substances that can severely cause mutations, birth defects, abortions, infertility or sterility.

Problems in infertility, reproduction, repeated abortions and teratogenesis (the process by which malformations in body parts are produced in an embryo or fetus) are found among work-related diseases and injuries.

1. Lead:

Exposure to lead sources has been proven to negatively impact female fertility. Lead can produce teratospermias (abnormal sperm) and is thought to be an abortifacient or substance that causes artificial abortion and many issues in pregnancy. It is one of the most common environmental factors that affects female fertility. 

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2. Medical Treatments and Materials:

Repeated exposure to radiation of x-rays to chemotherapy, has been observed to alter sperm production or low sperm count, as well as it contributes to a wide array of ovarian problems.

3. Ethylene Oxide:

Ethylene is a chemical used both in the sterilization of surgical instruments and in the manufacturing of certain pesticides, ethylene oxide can also cause birth defects and can give birth to a premature baby and has the potential to provoke an early miscarriage or abortions. It is one of the most common environmental factors that affect female fertility. 

4. Dibromochloropropane (DBCP):

Some chemicals found in pesticides can cause ovarian problems or problems in the uterus, leading to a variety of health conditions, like early menopause, irregular periods that may directly impact female fertility and can give rise to the infertility problems. It is one of the most common environmental factors that affect female fertility. 

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You should know that the increased insulin sensitivity from weight training would be beneficial for women with the higher BMI or who may have Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or PCOD or glucose intolerance. However, you can take it as a caution if you are preparing for a fertility procedure. As long as there is no contraindication to exercise and do active yoga, it is usually recommended that moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise, such as the elliptical, in the prenatal period can keep you active and healthy. 

Many studies have cited that a 34% increase in the prevalence of irregular cycles and a 43% increase in the median duration of time to pregnancy in women who had to lift heavy objects or do heavy jobs or when compared to women who did no heavy lifting. 

Women who have worked rotating evening and/or night shifts were keenly observed to have, 2.3 less mature oocytes when compared to Women who did not have to work in the rotational evening/night shifts. It is observed that the shift work affects the circadian rhythm, which can also affect female fertility and give rise to the infertility problems. 

Dr. Sunil Eshwar

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Infertility Specialist, IVF Specialist Dr. Sunil Eshwar
Bangalore

Dr. Sunil Eshwar is an Infertility specialist who is presently specializing in laparoscopic surgery, high-risk pregnancies and infertility treatments such as IVF and IUI. Dr. Sunil Eshwar completed his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in 2000 and MD from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in 2004. Later, he completed DNB from National Board of Examination in 2006. Dr. Sunil Eshwar is currently practicing at Apollo Fertility, Brookfield, Bangalore. For more information about Dr. Sunil Eshwar, visit elawoman.com

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Soniya Verma

Thanks for sharing this. Really helpful.

Oct. 2, 2018, 9:37 a.m. 5.0

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Wahida Khatun

Rusted jewelry has an abundant amount of lead exposure in them. Avoid using those as it affects fertility.

July 24, 2018, 1:35 p.m. 4.5

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Pratik Vishwas

Polluted water has a huge amount of lead in them. Try to have boiled or filtered water to avoid infertility in female as well as male.

May 13, 2018, 10:26 a.m. 4.5

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Morales Valdez

I had some idea beforehand as I have read it that certain chemicals found in the environment have a great deal to do with female infertility.

Nov. 1, 2017, 2:20 p.m. 4.5

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Soni Singh

As per the National Center for Health Statistics assessed in 1988, 8.4% of ladies aged between 15-44 years had impeded capacity to have kids and about portion of these couples in the long run imagine. These are general normal infertility figures. It enhances with the growing age in women.

Nov. 1, 2017, 2 p.m. 4.5

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Maidan Norway

I am a nurse and I came in contact with ethylene oxide on a regular basis. What can I do to avoid infertility in the future?

Sept. 23, 2017, 11:21 a.m. 4.5

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