Working with Chemicals May Lower Fertility

Working with Chemicals May Lower Fertility

Most of us do not choose our jobs or careers based on our fertility risk factors. However, studies have shown that several different occupations that involve working with chemicals can lower your fertility. This is true for both men and women. Read on to find out more about how working with chemicals can damage your fertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Men’s fertility

Exposure to chemicals in the workplace can damage both sperm count, and sperm quality in men. Another problem in the workplace that could damage men’s fertility is excessively hot environments, which can also reduce sperm count.

Which jobs?

When you think of jobs that have chemical exposure risks, you might think of metal workers, welders, factory workers, etc. While these jobs do have chemical exposure risks, they are not the only occupations that pose a hazard. Painters, Auto Mechanics, Printers, Oil Workers, Varnishers, Farmers, and Pest Control Workers are all jobs that can pose a fertility risk.

Women have risks too

It’s not just men who have to worry about chemical exposure in the workplace. There are studies that show that even jobs that are not usually thought to have a high chemical risk, such as hair salons and spas, car washes and even dry cleaners, have shown an increased rate of miscarriage among their female employees. As you can see, both men and women’s fertility can be affected by chemicals in the workplace.

How to stay safe

There are a few things you can do to minimize your chemical exposure at work, and reduce your infertility risk. Always wear proper protective clothing and gear, and of course try to have minimal exposure to any chemicals, if possible. Always work in a well ventilated area, and try to finish with chemical related tasks as quickly as possible. Also make sure to shower and change clothing as soon as possible after leaving work to minimize any risks.

Talk to your employer

If you work in a high risk job, talk to your employer or human resources department about your concerns. They may be able to offer other tips and advice to help you reduce your chemical exposure that you might not have considered. Sometimes your employer may be able to offer a temporary transfer, or put you on a task with less chemical exposure while you try to conceive.

It’s not just the workplace

While the majority of studies have been done on workplace chemicals, new research shows that even household chemicals like cleaning supplies and some plastics can have a negative effect on fertility. The best advice is just to avoid any chemicals as much as possible when trying to conceive.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.