Bisphenol A is coming up in the news yet again, this time the focus is on men's health and bisphenol A (BPA). The Journal of Fertility and Sterility reported today that there is a link between BPA and reduced semen quality and sperm count. This trial is the third that De-Kun Li, MD, PhD and colleagues have done. "The first 2 studies, published in the November 2009 issue of Human Reproduction and the May 2010 issue of the Journal of Andrology, found an association between both high levels of BPA in the workplace and rising BPA levels in urine and worsening sexual function in men."
This article focused on a 5 year study, using 218 men who worked in Chinese's factories. What Dr. Li found was that the men who had detectable levels of BPA in their urine were more than 3 times the risk of lowered sperm concentration and lower sperm vitality, 4 times the risk of a lower sperm count, and more than twice the risk of lower sperm motility than men without detectable urine BPA. At least there was no change in semen volume or any abnormal sperm morphology seen in men with urine BPA levels present.
This makes me wonder how other chemicals and technology are effecting sperm production and count. Chemicals find their way into our lives from the moment we get up in the morning to the moment we put our head back on the pillow. There are chemicals found in tooth paste, in our water, in the air we breathe, the carpet in our office is off gassing, the particle board furniture is releasing chemicals into the air, our morning coffee we drink out of the plastic toped cup is giving us more chemicals and then there are flame retardants and other chemicals in our mattresses at the end of the day. We are constantly surrounded by chemicals and our body does it best to deal with and process everything that it is exposed to. The body is able to get rid of chemicals through phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification that occurs in the body. Especially in the liver. For most of us our body is able to do this without any issues; however some of us need to support the detoxification pathway, so that we can remove these chemicals.
Most men will either carry their cell phone on their hip or in their front pocket putting it in close proximity to their testes. I know when I use my laptop it sometimes ends up on my lap. I am left wondering what effect the heat will have on sperm production and on ovary health. Please put the technology at a bit of a distance. They make lap boards that you can use to protect yourself and your family while using the laptop. Most of us do not need to keep our cell phones on our person, keep them at a distance and use them in moderation.
Remember, in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the technology we hold close to us, we are exposing ourselves to higher than normal levels of chemicals, heat and or radiation. Be conscious of your surroundings.