Pollution would increase the risk of infertility

Skin, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, but also fertility… At a time when reports about the state of the environment are becoming ever more worrying, it’s time to take a closer look at what pollution is doing to our reproductive hormones. Spoiler alert: It’s not very encouraging.

Pollution and female fertility

According to an Italian study, there would be a Link between earlier menopause and polluted environment. In fact, scientists have shown that plus the concentration of particulate matter PM2.5 and nitrogen dioxide was higher the shorter the reproductive lifespan of a woman (or person with a vulva) was, or at least was likely to be.

To come to this conclusion The team looked at the number of eggs produced by 1,300 women living in Modena, a town near Bologna in Italy. After dividing the city into four zones based on exposure to particulate matter, she compared the data from each and noticed that quickly Females residing in Zone 4 (the most exposed) had a decreasing rate significantly faster.

Nevertheless, the The results should be viewed with some distance. Quality of life (nutrition, mobility, cigarettes, etc.) is also an aggravating factor that was not taken into account in the study. Still, there is a rather negative direction that shouldn’t be taken lightly, albeit Studies on women are still rare.

Environmental pollution and male fertility

And it doesn’t stop there. Findings of infertility due to pollution are gender neutral. As early as 2017, a report by Taiwanese scientists a Link between pollution and infertility, this time male. Scientists had also compared the sperm 6,475 men aged 15 to 49 for 13 consecutive years between 2001 and 2014.

The conclusion is irreversible. If exposure to fine particles seems to cause more sperm production, quantitatively, it does would be much less qualitative in terms of its fertility.

Knowing this, what can you do to protect yourself?

Given this data, there is cause for concern. Especially when you consider the increasingly alarming reports about the state of our dear planet Earth. But what to do to protect yourself from pollution and curb this threatened fertility?

As so often there is no quick fix. The only really effective thing to do against this phenomenon is to fight care about the climate on our scale, for example by limiting car journeys, but also by consuming more ethically or even by saying no to excessive consumption. Knowing this is also happening at the level of large companies and governing bodies.

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