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Infertility Awareness Week

With it being National Infertility Awareness Week, I want to do a post about it. First of all, my heart breaks for those who have to battle infertility. It is an EXTREMELY hard challenge. My two sisters had to battle it and a few of my dear close friends are still battling it.
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As with any health trial, there is usually no one clear cut solution. I so wish there was! When battling any health challenge, it’s always best to explore many avenues. So if the junk in our beauty products can contribute to infertility, then why not try to eliminate those to see if that possibly helps you in your fight. (Just FYI, I’m not claiming this is the answer or your cause. Just providing education).
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1️⃣Harvard researchers measured the levels of 11 phthalates in the urine of 256 women undergoing in vitro fertilization. Those with the highest levels of six of the phthalates produced fewer eggs than those with the lowest levels. And women with the highest levels of one of the 11 phthalates were half as likely to become pregnant as those with the lowest levels.
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2️⃣ “Phthalate exposure during adulthood is linked to decreased fertility, alterations in sperm, and decreased testosterone levels,” Sheela Sathyanarayana, Professor University of Washington.
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3️⃣With parabens “the first disruptions are going to be on a hormonal level. Parabens interfere with your estrogen receptors, leading to functional problems with systems relying on estrogen for signaling. More estrogen may alter the menstrual cycle.” Pub Med.
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👉🏻Phthalates are found in some fragrances in beauty/hygiene products. They are not listed in the ingredients, due to being part of the fragrance (the FDA does not require fragrance ingredients to be listed). Parabens will be listed as ...methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, etc.