Our guest on the Creating a Family show yesterday did a great job of highlighting what we know and don’t know about how pesticides and everyday environmental toxins affect on fertility. What we don’t know is what scares me.
Dr. Tracey Woodruff, Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at the University of California San Francisco has seen all the research and conducted a lot of it herself. It is clear that toxic substances that we are exposed to everyday are affecting our fertility and increasing the risk of miscarriage.
While we don’t know exactly what pesticides, hormones, or environmental toxins are causing the increase in infertility and miscarriage, Dr. Woodruff gave specific suggestions of what women and men who are trying to get pregnant should do. One suggestion was to decrease your exposures whenever possible to pesticides. Dr. Woodruff’s suggestions from the show and her site:
- Eat local and organic food when possible. Check out this list of the top most contaminated produce in 2014.
- Wash all produce before eating.
- Limit foods with high animal fat content.
- Do not use tick and flea collars on pets.