Are Everyday Household Products Stopping You From Getting Pregnant?
How many products are you putting on your body daily?
If you really sit down and think about it, you could probably count 15. Lotions, makeup, toothpaste, face wash, body wash, hair products, nail polish, I could go on and that’s only 7. In each of those categories we could be using several different products, like what we use for makeup. I sure know I do – eye liner, foundation, mascara, lipstick/gloss, concealer, eye shadow, blush, bronzer, need I go on?
Let’s take it a step further, how many products are you using in your house that is somehow touching your skin at any point in time, or that you’re inhaling? Now, how many of us really know what’s in each and every one of those products? If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for any length of time, you’ve probably considered the foods you’re eating and the supplements you are taking because, well, that’s what most people do. You’re directly ingesting those things, so that’s clearly where our concentration lies in the health of our future children.
Do you stop down to think how much what you’re exposed to that is touching your skin, being inhaled or inadvertently ingested effects your ability to get pregnant?
It can have a HUGE effect.
Much of what’s found in our everyday products are endocrine disruptors known to mimic estrogen production and can have a negative effect on fertility. Exposure to products with these harmful substances can cause implantation failure, miscarriage, and delayed conception (infertility).
Not only can phthalates be found in foods like meat and dairy, but they can also be found in plastic packaging, detergents, pharmaceuticals, insect repellants, and personal care products like shampoo, perfumes, nail polish and cosmetics.
To avoid phthalates in fragrances, look for phrases like “no synthetic fragrance,” “scented only with essential oils,” or the obvious “phthalate-free.” Many products now advertise freely on their packaging if they exclude phthalates from their products.
Unless the packaging advertises this, you are correct to assume that it includes phthalates. Because of this newly heightened awareness over the last few years, companies are working to clean up their products, so it’s a lot easier to find phthalate-free products today than it has been in decades.
Most of us have some knowledge of the dangers of BPA and how to avoid them, but are we really avoiding them as best we can?
When you really look at all of the things you are consuming that are encased in plastic, you’ll soon realize how much we’re really exposed to. Sometimes it’s really difficult to avoid, it’s not your fault, but you owe it to yourself and your future children to try and avoid as much of them as you can. One of the biggest ones is in our use of water bottles. Some may use them daily, some in a limited capacity. Either way, you have to realize the dangers that they pose.
When they are being transported, the trucks and warehouses that they are transported and stored in are likely reaching dangerously hot temperatures. This allows the BPA from the plastic to leach in to the water and regardless of how cool the bottle is when you’re buying it from your supermarket or a vending machine, the damage is already likely to have been done.
Water bottles are just a small, but more common example of how we’re exposed to BPAs. Much of what we buy that’s encased in plastic or canned goods that have BPA-lining are exposing us to this dangerous substance on a daily basis. Just like phthalates, BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and mimics estrogen production, wreaking havoc on a woman’s fertility. You can help limit your exposure to BPAs by using ceramics, glassware, stainless steel or non-BPA plastics for heated food or drinks.
PFCs (Perfluorinated Chemicals)
PFCs are chemicals that are used in non-stick cookware, breathable and waterproof clothing and mattresses, and make sofas and carpets resistant to stains, amongst other things. PFCs are yet another endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen production, which has a negative effect on women’s fertility.
Of course, this one is probably the hardest to avoid, however you can start small by tossing your non-stick cookware and waterproof clothing out.
Many companies are beginning to become aware of consumers concerns over PFCs and other harmful chemicals in their products and are finding ways of eliminating or reducing them. By doing a bit of digging, you can find companies that are working to find healthier, more sustainable ways of creating products that we use every day. So many things that we expose ourselves to could be harming our chances of getting pregnant.
How to Find Safe Products
Of course, going to good old Google is usually the first line of defense, but half of what’s searched for, especially at the top of the search are advertisements. It’s hard to weed out what products are actually healthy and safe to use.
The top app that I’ve found is from the EWG (Environmental Working Group). It’s called Healthy Living. It gives ratings for each product that they’ve listed. The very top certification receives their EWG Verified stamp of approval, which seems to be really difficult to get.
They look at criteria including allergy concerns, cancer concern and developmental concern. They also categorize each ingredient in the list by a numbered rating, lowest being safest. See below for an example of what this looks like.
“From food to shampoo – we are exposed to chemicals every second, yet we know very little about them. To navigate this complicated world and make safer choices, EWG combined two of our most popular resources to form our Healthy Living app. Now, the product health and safety ratings for over 200,000 food and cosmetics products are simply one click away. Scan a product. Review its rating. Pick the better choice. It’s that simple.”
Before a company can use their EWG verification stamp on their products, the company must show that it fully discloses the products’ ingredients on their labels or packaging, that they do not contain EWG ingredients of concern, and that they are made with good manufacturing practices, among other criteria.
By avoiding these things for at least 3 months, allowing time to take its course in helping our bodies to heal properly. These changes should be permanent in our lives, so that we can help ourselves from further damages that these chemicals can cause.
I know how difficult breaking these habits can be, but by slowly eliminating and switching to healthier products without these chemicals, you can get a step closer to your goal of having a baby.
So now that you’ve read this article, you can put what you’ve learned here into practice immediately and increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Resource 1: Take our Fertility Quiz
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