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Working With Plasticizers, Pesticides May Reduce Fertility

Bloomberg Businessweek,  Jan 10, 2010
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Women exposed to plasticizers and pesticides at work are more likely to suffer fertility problems and to have lower birth-weight babies, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data collected from 6,000 women, average age 30, who were pregnant between 2002 and 2006. More than two-thirds had planned their pregnancy.

Of the 3,719 women who provided information on how long it took them to get pregnant, 15 percent said six months and 10 percent said 12 months. Taking six months or more to become pregnant is considered a long time, said the researchers.

Researchers found that women with workplace exposure to phthalates (chemicals used to make plastics more flexible) and pesticides were more than twice as likely to take six months or longer to conceive and to have lower birth-weight babies.

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