All over the world, the incidence of infertility is rising.
Infertility is defined as not achieving a pregnancy after 1 year of regular sexual intercourse. “Regular” is further defined as having contact with your husband at least 3x a week.
If you’ve been married for 1 year but your husband has been working abroad for 10 months out of a year, then you are not infertile…you are just lonely.
Going back to the issue at hand. Almost 56% percent of married couples see a doctor because they can’t seem to have a baby.
Why is the incidence getting higher?
Many scientists believe it is the fault of modernization. Many chemicals around us disrupt the normal function of our bodies especially the ovaries.
One example is Biphenol A (BPA). It was originally discovered as a synthetic estrogen but it is now used in the plastic industry to make plastic containers soft, pliable, transparent and long-lasting.
Well, we, the people thought it was the best invention of all time. Imagine using a container over and over again that could not crack or break. It can be used in the freezer, as well, as in the microwave.
A great invention indeed until a female scientist, Dr. Patricia Hunt, discovered its harmful effects on the female fertility. She was studying the ovulation patterns of young healthy female mice versus older, near-menopause female mice.
At first, she observed the expected result that the older mice ovulated less than the younger mice.
One day, she noted that even the younger mice stopped ovulating.
She reviewed all her data and saw nothing wrong. Until she caught her assistant vigorously scrubbing the plastic feeding bowls of the mice with a strong detergent.
Dr. Hunt knew of the bad effects of BPA. She knew that heating plastic and breaking the smooth surface of the plastic (such as vigorous scrubbing and use of harsh detergents) could release BPA and contaminate the food and water stored in it.
That’s when she started to study the bad effects of BPA. She was able to prove that BPA caused anovulation or the inability to release a fertile egg in order to get pregnant.
More research is on going showing the correlation of BPA with diabetes, obesity, endometriosis and, even, cancer.
BPA is in plastic water bottles, food containers, canned goods, milk bottles of babies, disposable spoons, forks, plates and practically anything.
It is important to avoid heating food in these containers and don’t leave your water or lunch inside the car while using these disposable items. The BPA will be absorbed by your food.
Read the bottom of of all plastic containers. If you see the numbers: 3, 6 or 7, throw them out! These contain BPA.
Invest in glass or metal lunch boxes and food containers. They may be more expensive but visiting a doctor can be expensive too.