Chemicals in packaging 'lower fertility of women'

Chemicals used in a wide range of products may make it more difficult for women to become pregnant, researchers have found. It is the first evidence of a link between infertility and perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are found in food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and cosmetics.

The U.S. study found that women with higher levels of two types of PFCs in their blood took longer to conceive than women with lower levels. Previous research had suggested that high levels of the chemicals, which persist in the environment for decades, may harm unborn babies.

The researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles say the biological mechanisms by which exposure to PFCs might reduce fertility are unknown, but they may interfere with hormones involved in reproduction.

Women with more of the chemicals on their blood were more likely to report irregular menstrual cycles.

Source - Daily Mail