There are countless benefits to adopting a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but did you know that one of these benefits includes improved fertility? Researchers have linked fertility problems with a wide variety of factors ranging from lifestyle to genetics and more. Studies have also shown a correlation between toxins in what we consume and what we surround ourselves with our ability to conceive. Many of us are aware of the benefits that becoming more eco-conscious can have on the planet, but today we’re examining how becoming eco-friendly may benefit your fertility.

Ditch plastics

Single-use plastics are not only wreaking havoc on our planet, but they are also harmful to our bodies. Most plastics contain either phthalates, BPA, or both, which have the potential to compromise your chances of getting pregnant. These toxins affect fertility because they serve as endocrine disruptors that mimic or inhibit the body’s hormones. You can also reduce your consumption of toxins by switching out plastic water bottles for reusable stainless steel or glass options. It’s also important to note that phthalates can also be found in personal care items such as lotions, perfumes, and deodorants. When ingested or absorbed through the skin, these chemicals have been linked with pregnancy complications.

The best way to avoid these harmful chemicals is by switching to glass or reusable containers. Fortunately, a new wave of companies are changing to healthier, most sustainable packaging when it comes to cleaning products, beauty products, and more. These companies also prioritize using clean ingredients without any harmful phthalates. By seeking out green companies, you will benefit the planet, your health, and your fertility.

Avoid exposure to solvents and pesticides

Studies have linked certain pesticides and chemical solvents to instances of infertility in both men and women. Extensive exposure to chemicals used on lawns, farms, and other outdoor areas can be extremely detrimental. Many of these chemicals are used in spray formulas, which can be inhaled unknowingly. 

The best way to avoid contact with these toxins is not to use any weedkiller, pesticide, or fungicide, but if you do come into contact with products that contain these chemicals, be sure to wear a mask, long sleeves, vinyl gloves, and pants. Even if you don’t work in these environments, it’s clear why you should avoid pesticides and chemicals commonly used on or around food and why you should opt for organic options instead. 

Be mindful of what you’re putting in your body

Even if you’re not administering the pesticides, you may still consume some of these harmful chemicals when you buy produce from the grocery store. If you are trying to get pregnant, what you consume should become even more of a priority. This means significantly decreasing alcohol consumption and eating healthy to position yourself in the best possible way to conceive. 

While protein is key to a well-balanced diet, studies suggest that excessive meat consumption correlates with a decrease in fertility. If you choose to eat meat, opt for local, high-quality options and stay away from processed, conventionally farmed meats that are loaded with growth hormones and other harmful preservatives. By choosing organic, local, or sustainably farmed meats, you can get more of the nutrients and less of the fillers, while also contributing to a greener planet.

Talk to A Fertility Expert

If you have questions or concerns about fertility issues, reach out to Carolinas Fertility Institute today. We offer a wide variety of services, from fertility evaluations to In Vitro fertilization. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation by calling our Charlotte office at (844) 686-2233 or our office in the Triad at (336) 448-9100.