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In her new book, author Rebecca Fett presents a compelling case that specific environmental toxins are compromising fertility. The book, titled “It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF,” details numerous scientific studies revealing the dramatic negative impact of the hormone disrupting chemicals Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates on fertility.
Although not commonly discussed with women seeking fertility treatment, researchers have been investigating the impact of BPA on fertility for more than fifteen years. One of the pioneers in the field, Dr. Patricia Hunt of Washington State University, commented that “all of the work we’ve done on BPA only really increases my concern.” One recent study described in the book and published by Harvard researchers in the Journal of Human Reproduction found that women with higher BPA levels before IVF have fewer eggs retrieved, a lower fertilization rate and ultimately produce fewer embryos.
Phthalates are another target of It Starts with the Egg, which explains that these chemicals (found in soft plastic, nail polish, fragrance and many other products), interfere with hormone production in ovaries, likely compromising egg quality. Phthalates have also been linked to birth defects and impaired brain development in children exposed during pregnancy.
The book comes several months after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a joint committee option stating that “Robust scientific evidence has emerged over the past 15 years, demonstrating that preconception and prenatal exposure to toxic environmental agents can have a profound and lasting effect on reproductive health.”
Author Rebecca Fett explains that “when I delved into the scientific research I was shocked to find how much has been discovered about the influences of lifestyle factors on egg quality and fertility. There is a huge gap between scientific knowledge and everyday clinical practice. Despite dozens of studies suggesting that women trying to conceive should avoid the chemicals found in cleaning products, perfumes, and plastic food containers, most women are never advised to minimize exposure to household toxins. That has to change.”
“Nutrition is another subject where current fertility advice is lacking.” Says Fett. “Most people are unaware of the dramatic influence of diet on IVF success rates.” The book describes research published in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility finding that women following a Mediterranean diet before their IVF cycle had a 40% higher chance of becoming pregnant. In another study, Danish researchers found that women with a history of higher blood sugar levels were only half as likely to get pregnant over six months compared to women with lower levels. “Cutting back on sugar and leaning towards a Mediterranean diet could be incredibly helpful for women struggling with infertility” says Fett.
“It Starts with the Egg presents a reasoned and balanced review of the latest science linking environmental chemicals to reduced fertility and other health problems. Readers will find sound advice for how to avoid chemicals of concern, providing a useful guide for couples that want to improve their chances of a healthy pregnancy.”
– Dr. Laura Vandenberg, University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
School of Public Health.
“Rebecca has done a great service for all women, children, and future generations by starting at the beginning of a human life and examining which toxic chemicals cause harm to the egg… This book is a wonderful addition to the growing library of information on toxic exposures.”
– Debra Lynn Dadd, Author of Toxic Free: How to Protect Your Health and Home from the Chemicals That Are Making You Sick.
“With ‘It Starts with the Egg,’ Rebecca Fett delivers a much needed overview on the available scientific evidence regarding the influence of nutrition on fertility and fertility treatment, providing a valuable resource for couples trying to conceive.”
– Dr. John Twigt, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands.