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What is the real issue around infertility?

2015 June 10
by camillaellis

There are several articles that come out frequently that point the finger and don’t look at the bigger picture, medicine is always focusing on the a cure ie IVF, rather than the cause, which is just not sustainable.  The article in the mail online, is one of these articles that points the finger “NHS chief warns women not to wait until 30 to have baby, you can read that article here,


Dear daily mail how irresponsible is this article, why doesn’t the NHS take responsibility for the real reason why so many women are infertile, there are loads of women who get pregnant in their late 30’s early 40’s, but of course instead of looking at the cause they and spending funding on IVF and then complaining about it.


Firstly we live in a modern society where you need 2 incomes to support a family gone are the days where you can have the luxury of the mother staying at home, women need to focus on their career or get left behind, therefore loads of women are needing to stabilise their career before taking time out and having children.  Secondly men are less reluctant to commit, loads of my friend were ready to have children but it took time for the men to finally commit which is a society issue.


Lastly, lets look at the real reason why the infertility rate has increased.


Estrogen mimicking chemicals – the ‘Journal of Applied Toxicology’1, 2, here and here, has raised concerns about the dangers of hormone-mimicking preservatives found in thousands of consumer products.  They found that these parabens were up to 1 million times higher than the normal estrogen levels that are found in breast tissue, and that Propylparaben are highest in the underarm area where deodorants are used and breast cancer more prevalent.  The article states that synthetic hormones may be preventing the activity of naturally produced hormones in children, this is of concern because 99.1% of the US populations children urine sample contains methylparaben.  You can read more in my article here.  Therefore, our children’s hormonal systems are already unbalanced even before they try.


The levels of concentration of the contraceptive pill in our water – the more women using the contraceptive pill and using HRTcausing an increase in estrogen in our water supply.  As they urinate the by products out it goes into our water supply which is way the fish are becoming feminised as stated by an article in the US. In a 2006 U.S. Geological Survey large numbers of small mouth bass in the Potomac River were found to be abnormally inter-sexed. That is, the same fish displayed both male and female sexual characteristics from the hormones floating in your water system3.  Also in a 2007 study out of Canada they found that male fish were being feminized by the traces of birth control pills that made their way into lakes and streams4.  Our water gets re-used 7 times but those products aren’t taken out of our water and then we drink the water causing an increase in estrogen in your body.  In England and Wales there was a study that displayed a doubling in the frequency of undescended testis in 1962-81.5  Another study found that the age of puberty in young girls keeps dropping year by year.6 the average age use to be 15 years now its 7-8 years, with more and more girls showing signs of puberty as early as age three!! 7


Fluoride toxicity can occur causing an increase in infertility and decreased sperm count, this research8 here.


Mercury toxicity can occur with consumption of fish, which increases your mercury levels in your blood, a research by the BJOG9 states “higher blood mercury concentration is associated with males and female infertility, higher seafood consumption is associated with elevated blood mercury concentrations in our infertile populations”. You can read that article here.


Cadmium toxicity can cause male infertility, as a research10 states “ Results of the study for the first time implicate cadmium as a cause of infertility in male Nigerians as well as extend and support previous findings concerning cadmium toxicity and male infertility”.  You can read that article here.  Another research11 states that “High blood cadmium levels may have an effect on spermatogenesis” (sperm production), you can read that article here.


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