How Your Home Affects Fertility
You might not realize it, but there are a number of important environmental factors that can contribute to struggling with fertility. When you think of environmental factors and fertility, you probably think about things like exposure to heavy metals by your partner, which can affect sperm count. What you may not know is that there are a number of potential ways that your home affects your fertility. Understanding the possible environmental factors in your home can help you to identify and address potential problems with getting pregnant.
Here are some of the areas in your home you need to look at in terms of trying to conceive and your fertility:
- The bed. There is some research that suggests that the flame retardant chemicals that manufacturers use on mattresses (as well as couch cushions and even carpet padding) may be absorbed by your bloodstream. Extremely high levels of those chemicals can lead to abnormal sperm as well as female fertility issues. Consider new furniture that’s made of organic cotton, latex, and wool, and avoid those that have flame retardant chemicals.
- The walls. There is a chemical in most water-based paint that can cause problems with menstruation, and that can even contribute to a miscarriage. Glycol ether is also known to affect sperm quality. Try to stay away from paints and varnishes inside your home that contain glycol ether.
- The shower curtain. The liner of a shower curtain is made from a class of chemical known as phthalates. This chemical has been found in high concentrations in men that have low sperm counts, and there is also some evidence to suggest a link between them and endometriosis. If possible, stay away from plastics that contain that class of chemical, and consider using glass containers for eating and drinking.
- The carpet. When you enter your home, pesticides and other toxic substances can be transferred from your shoes to your carpet. There is some evidence to suggest that these chemicals may, in higher levels, affect your ability to conceive. Try to remember to take off your shoes when you come home, and don’t make any changes to your flooring when you’re trying to get pregnant.