The size of a man’s package isn’t nearly as important as the quality of his sperm. When it comes to reproductive health, appearance is one thing, but what matters most is a properly functioning hormonal system and a healthy sperm count. Several synthetic contaminants can inhibit a man’s natural hormone levels and hinder the quality of his seed. Aspiring fathers must watch closely what they eat, breathe in, and come in contact with, to avoid the chemicals that are at war with their reproductive systems.
Pesticide exposure reduces sperm count in men
The first factor that men must be aware of is the amount of pesticides they are eating. A new study shows that when a group of men ate pesticide-laden food, their sperm count decreased slightly, compared to a group of men eating only organically grown food. The sperm count of men who ate organic fruits and vegetables was measurably higher and healthier. This would automatically lead to healthier conception and fetal development.
PFAA exposure reduces men’s healthy sperm count by more than half
A Danish study uncovered another class of chemicals that lower the sperm count of men. They found that perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAAs) hurt male fertility. PFAAs (which men may come in direct contact with) are used in chemicals that repel stains and water, and in anti-adhesive products. In the study, the researchers couldn’t isolate how the chemicals lowered men’s sperm counts, but the results were clear: After exposure to PFAAs, the men’s sperm concentrations were lowered, and they had fewer healthy sperm. The total number of healthy sperm dropped significantly in men with high PFAA exposure, down to 6.2 million, versus 15.5 million measured in men with low exposure.
PFCs (especially Teflon) harm men’s reproductive health
PFAAs are part of an even more pervasive group of endocrine disrupting chemicals called polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs). Toxic PFOA and PFOS form when PFCs break down. One of the most common exposures to PFCs is through Teflon, the anti-adhesive compound that coats modern pots and pans. Another very pervasive PFC is found in Scotchguard, which is a stain repellent used in clothing, furniture and carpets.
Humans are both directly and indirectly exposed to PFCs. These chemicals leach into the environment, where they can subtly affect human health years later. For example, PFCs are now being measured in cord blood. This is a frightening method of exposure, for fetuses are very vulnerable in their early stages of development. A little bit of a toxic substance can do far greater damage to a small body. Since PFCs affect proteins involved with brain development, they could be having a direct impact on mental retardation and slow cognitive development in children. Also, studies have shown that PFCs are associated with low birth weight and increase one’s susceptibility to allergens later in life.
BPA and its replacements distort natural hormone messages throughout the body
Another pervasive class of chemicals that hinder male fertility is BPA. This plasticizer chemical is found in plastic bottles and containers, where it leeches into food and beverages, and then begins to wreak havoc on the endocrine system within the human body. While many product manufacturers are making BPA-free bottles, the toxic BPA is being replaced by a similarly toxic chemical called BPS. These chemicals enter human blood through the gut wall and mimic hormones, affecting the natural communication system within the body. This can distort testosterone levels or even affect one’s metabolism.
Pervasive phthalates play a role in blocking a man’s ability to conceive
Phthalates are another endocrine disruptor found in plastics, but exposure doesn’t end there. Phthalates can be found in several kinds of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, baby care products, building materials, automobiles, cleaning materials and insecticides. Phthalates can tragically make their way into the human placenta, exposing fetuses to their toxic, endocrine-disrupting effects during crucial stages of development. How might phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals damage one’s DNA and ability to reproduce later in life?
The evidence is everywhere. The industrial society we live in today is chemically castrating the male, so to speak, and gutting the femininity of the female, stymieing their future, and tearing down the natural family structure. We should do whatever it takes to get companies to remove damaging PFCs, PFAAs, Bisphenols, pesticides and phthalates from the products we come in contact with, eat and breathe.