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Avoid Non-Stick if You Want Your Baby to Stick

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Perflourinated chemicals, PFCs, which repel oil and water, are the basis of all our so called “safe” convenience products: Teflon, StainMaster carpets, Goretex. Well, guess what? After eating your organic eggs made on your teflon pan and putting on your Goretex jacket to go running, you may be wreaking havoc on your fertility: A study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that women with higher levels of PFCs in their blood took longer to become pregnant.

PFCs are highly persistent in the human body, often sequestered in the organs, so maybe our better living through chemistry isn’t the greatest idea?

A study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal reported that human samples from 5 different continents were analyzed and the highest PFC levels were found in people in the U.S. and Poland. The lowest levels were measured in India, where I guess they don’t have a lot of StainMaster carpets—yet!

Years ago we chucked our Scotchgarded couch, pulled up the carpet (back then they already knew PFCs also may cause cancer and thyroid damage), threw out all our (sniff!) wedding pots and pans and griddles and STILL I found some PFCs in an item I use EVERY DAY and for HEALTH. (Luckily (?) I am allergic to Scotchgard or I probably would have never figured this one out).

Stay tuned! GreenFertility will make some recommendations for products that do a surprisingly good job without PFCs! Plus, a surprise in a forthcoming post …


From the BBC:

A study published in the journal Human Reproduction measured levels of per fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in the blood of 1,240 women.

Those with higher levels were more likely to take longer to become pregnant….

When the group of women were divided into four groups depending on these levels, they found that, compared to women in the group with the lowest readings, the likelihood of infertility - taking more than a year or IVF to get pregnant - was significantly higher for women with higher levels of PFCs in their bloodstream.

Dr. Chunyuan Fei, one of the researchers, said that earlier studies had suggested that PFCs might impair the growth of babies in the womb.

She said that more women in the groups with higher exposure to PFCs had problems with irregular menstrual cycles, which might suggest that interference with hormones was the reason.

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