BPA exposure may decrease IVF success rates

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a common chemical compound used in the production of many household plastics.

Because of its prevalence, it has received criticism for its ability to mimic the physiological effects of estrogen.  Previous reports have suggested a link between infertility and BPA exposure.  For example, BPA exposure in laboratory animals was found to decrease embryo implantation success rates and reduce litter size.

A new study has further supported this claim in women.

Researchers out of Harvard University found that women with higher levels of BPA in their urine has less success with IVF.  The primary cause of the failure was the inability of the embryos to implant into the uterus.

The primary origin of BPA in humans is through ingestion of food or drinks packaged in plastic-lined containers.

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