What you need to know about chemical exposure & fertility

The following videos and information were compiled by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). The ASRM is a non-profit organization that sets standards, ethics, and guidelines for the field of reproductive medicine and fertility doctors in the United States.

Compelling scientific evidence in recent decades has established strong links between chemical exposures and endocrine diseases, as well as causing issues with reproduction and pregnancy.

In 2019, the Endocrine Society’s Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s) Advisory Group gathered a Task Force to develop resources that would help endocrinologists and fertility specialists answer questions about EDCs and facilitate evidence-based discussions with their patients. The Task Force led the creation of a series of short videos (9-10 minutes each), which build on the science presented in the Endocrine Society’s scientific statements on EDCs.


In this video, you will learn the basics of how chemicals interfere with hormone biology and endocrine systems


In this video, you will learn about straightforward and cost-effective steps that everyone can take to limit their exposure to harmful EDCs.

The following “seven safe and simple steps” are increasingly cost-effective, do not require detailed scientific expertise, and will have real benefits to patients:

  1. Encourage the use of organic foods with a lower pesticide burden.
  2. Avoid canned and processed foods.
  3. Avoid handling thermal paper receipts.
  4. Know what’s in your personal care products.
  5. Limit phthalates and parabens by being careful with your plastic containers.
  6. Prevent flame retardant exposure by replacing damaged. furniture, buying natural products that are less flammable, and recirculating indoor air.
  7. Avoid nonstick cooking pans to prevent PFAS exposure.

Thank you to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for putting together these valuable resources.


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