The news of the week in the reproductive world is that laptops can negatively impact male fertility. This is true even when a cooling pad is used; and this finding has been capturing the headlines this week. This is a significant potential consequence of prolonged laptop use. We live in an increasingly busy and mobile world where more and more people rely on mobile computing to stay productive anytime and anywhere. Unfortunately, as convenient as laptops may be when it comes to portable computing, there are also some down sides. Continue reading
Car exhaust, factory emissions and generator fumes are omnipresent in the lives of people living in urban environments. Most people are aware of the effects on the respiratory system, and on the heart. What is often not known is that this poor air quality can have a direct effect on the reproductive system.
Many environmental health experts, as well as public health specialists, have expressed concern over the level of air pollution in many urban cities and called the attention of government and members of the public to its attendant effects on human health. Continue reading
Bad news again about the widely prevalent plastic compound Bisphenol-A (BPA). It is sometimes referred to as a gender bending chemical. Bisphenol-A is used to harden plastics. It is unique in that it mimics the female sex hormone estrogen. How widespread is this chemical? Well, it is found in food containers baby bottles, CD cases, plastic knives and forks and big bean tins, to name a few. It is even used in the lining of food and drink cans.
Why we so concerned about Bisphenol-A? because it has the chemical characteristic of the female sex hormone estrogen. It can interfere in many ways, the hormones of being processed in the human body. It has been of some concern as a feminizing chemical on unsuspecting consumers. Continue reading