In an effort to improve your chances of conception, you and your partner follow a healthy lifestyle, eat all the right foods, do just enough exercises and follow your doctor’s orders to the last letter. Despite your best efforts, if you’re still struggling to conceive, it could be because of some sneaky culprits hiding in plain sight in the form of your regular household objects. Read on to find out which daily objects could be messing with your fertility.
Home improvement and trying to conceive just don’t go hand in hand. Oil based and latex paints, paint thinner and other painting supplies contain chemicals like lead, ethylene glycol and biocides that are known to stay in the system and cause miscarriage, birth defects, low birth weight and more. It can also interfere with the woman’s reproductive system and cause grave damage. If painting work is unavoidable, make sure the to-be mom is away for a couple of days.
Canned foods are lined with BPA (Bisphenol A) which can leech into the food and disturb the fertility as well as growth and development of the baby. Women are not the only ones to be affected by BPA. The compound has been proven to cause a decrease in sperm count in men. It disrupts the hormonal balance in both men and women, severely affecting your chances of conception.
Most synthetic hair dyes are loaded with lead, toluene, formaldehyde and benzene that can affect the menstrual cycle in women and increase risks of miscarriage. Excessive use of hair dye alters the hormonal balance and reduces possibilities of successful conception. If you have to use hair colour, go for organic vegetable based dyes that are safe for your hair, fertility and the baby.
Women might want to go fragrance free while trying to conceive. Synthetic fragrances, particularly ones with synthetic musk or “white musk” enter the system, disturb the hormonal balance and build up in the breast milk when you conceive and get pregnant. What’s tricky is that none of the perfume labels explicitly state these damaging chemicals, so it’s hard to know which one to avoid. The best move would be to stay away from all synthetic fragrances entirely.
Most anti-aging or age-defying skincare products and cosmetics contain retinoids that are primarily responsible reducing wrinkles and smoothening the skin. However, prolonged use of such products can disturb the growth of the embryo. Avoid taking retinoid supplements orally as well. If you have to, make sure you discuss the risks and implications to your fertility, with your doctor.
Nail enamels as well as nail polish removers containscompoundssuch as formaldehyde, phthalates and acetone, which can cause long term damage to female fertility. Nail polishes contain a phosphate compound called Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) that harms the endocrine system – responsible for producing the requisite hormones. It inhibits oestrogen metabolism, prevents ovulation from happening and also give rise to long term pregnancy complications.
Parabens are a type of preservative very commonly found in many soaps, shampoos, body washes and creams. They prevent bacterial growth and also act as Xenoestrogens i.e. they mimic the function of oestrogen in both men and women. If the oestrogen levels go even slightly off balance in both genders, it affects fertility and causes complications during conception. In men, parabens can reduce sperm count, whereas in women it can diminish the ovarian reserve. Whenever you’re out buying skincare products and toiletries, read the label. Buy only those products which states ‘Paraben Free’.
Ideally, you should stop using any of these things at least six months before you try to conceive. Don’t forget to run your regular over the counter medicines and products by your doctor for the best course of action.