Environmental toxins are all around us in our day to day lives. From what we eat to what we breathe to what we put on our skin and hair, all of these chemicals impact reproductive health and fertility. On this episode, I speak with Dr. Lora Shahine on how to reduce environmental toxins from your life without feeling like you have to burn down your house to do it. If you are trying to conceive, this episode is a must listen.
How a traditionally trained reproductive endocrinologist became interested and passionate about the effects of environmental toxins on fertility
The first research studies showed the impact of BPA on egg quality and increased miscarriage rates. This effect transltes to humans too
Basic science and research shows the connection between environmental toxins and fertility but the message is not out there.
The three main typs of toxins to avoid
BPA and plastics
Dr. Shahine reviews a recent study conducted that shows a connection between endometriosis and phthalates
What to do if eating organic is too expensive and how you can limit your exposure to pesticides still
The transgenerational impact of DES, a pesticied that was used as an endocrine disruptor and estrogen mimicker in pregnancy in the previous generation
Dr. Shahine shares the massive amounts of research that connects BPA to poor fertility outcomes including
lower egg quality
lower sperm quality
lower sperm count
increased miscarriage rates
lower IVF success rates
The number one thing Dr. Shahine recommends when it comes to plastic food containers
The beauty industry is not well regulated and phthalates are in a wide range of products most men and women use even though there's a tremendous impact on fertility for both men and women.
Phthalates hide in ingredients like "Fragrance"
The website and app Dr. Shahine recommends downloading to help you find phthalate-free products when you go shopping
Does tech really impact sperm and egg quality as much as media wants us to believe?
Dr. Shahine gives practical advice on how to deal with the overwhelm of removing toxins from your home
If you’re trying to get pregnant, especially if it’s taking longer than you’d expected, look at how you can improve your environment. What’s around you, what you breathe in, what you put on your body is just as important at helping you get pregnant as what you put IN your body with food. Small changes can go a long way!
Resources from the show...
Visit Dr. Lora Shahine's website.
Read Dr. Shahine's book on environmental toxins (Read now)
For more information on environmental toxins in beauty products visit EWG.org
Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)
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About the Guest
Dr. Lora Shahine completed her residency in OBGYN at the University of California in San Francisco and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Stanford University. She is currently the Director of the Recurrent Pregnancy Program at Pacific NW Fertility and clinical faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is an author of both clinical research trials, multiple blogs, and 2 books, 'Planting the Seeds of Pregnancy: An Integrative Approach to Fertility Care’ and ‘Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.’
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