BPA may increase chance of miscarriage

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STANFORD, CA – Chemicals, radiation, air pollution and we still want to bring babies into this world. Now researchers at Stanford University suggest high levels of BPA might raise the risk of miscarriage or cause infertility among women.

“All of us have BPA levels that are detectable,” explained Dr. Amelie Chu, an OB-GYN at Memorial Hermann Medical City. “At high levels BPA has some hormonal effect, so the worry is that it may contribute to risk of miscarriage.”

BPA, or bisphenol-A, is a chemical that can be found everywhere around us, such as in plastic bottles, food containers and linings, cans, CDs; products containing BPA have been in our homes since the 1950’s. Even though the FDA says it’s safe because people are only exposed to low levels, the chemical has been classified as toxic to human health in Canada. No wonder BPA has been removed from baby bottles in recent years.

“In this particular study researchers looked at some women who already had a risk of either infertility or miscarriage,” said Dr. Chu, “and they found that the women who had higher levels of BPA had an increased risk of miscarriage.”

BPA is all over the place and it’s up to you about eliminating certain conveniences to your lifestyle. Either way, more bad news starting with BP.

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