Lover’s in a dangerous time: the impact of the environment on male and female fertility
By Dr. JJ Dugoua ND PhD
A number of chemicals released into the environment are endocrine disruptors and potentially mutagenic to sperm and in some cases ova. Human reproduction can be challenging for some couples, particularly when dry cleaning or sitting on a treated wood deck can interfere with the process.
Using a systematic review of the literature, this presentation will provide an overview of environmental toxins and chemicals that interfere with human reproduction. Using the best evidence available, treatment options to promote both male and female fertility will be discussed. Lastly, treatment options in pregnancy will also be discussed.
Chemical disruptors of human reproduction will be discussed: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals, chlorinated and fluorinated compounds and other chemicals. Treatment options to promote male fertility will be discussed: l-carnitine, co-enzyme Q10, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, vitamin C, ashwaghanda, glutathione precursors and others. Treatments to promote female fertility will be discussed: probiotics, vitex, evening primrose oil, dong quai, rehmania, bupleurm and others.
Placental transfer of drugs and chemicals during pregnancy will be discussed. Treatment options for a healthy pregnancy will be discussed: vitamin B6, ginger, folic acid, probotics, fish oils and others.