A widely used manmade chemical may be hurting women’s fertility. According to a new study published in Human Reproduction, a medical journal, women with higher blood levels of
Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
have more difficulty getting pregnant.
PFOAs are used in nonstick cookware and breathable all-weather clothing, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The chemical is also present in the environment as a possible byproduct of the processing of other chemicals.
The EPA has been studying this chemical since the late 1990s because of its widespread presence in the general population's blood. Now, according to the study authored by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles; the International Epidemiology Institute, in Rockville, Maryland; the Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and the University of Aarhus in Denmark, the exposure to these chemicals may explain the fertility differences in developed countries.
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