Infertility and Environmental Toxins: A Message of Hope
Having taught Natural Family Planning with my husband since 1992, I do not need a statistician to tell me that infertility is on the rise. When your phone rings more frequently with requests for help from couples that are struggling to conceive, the message is rather loud and clear.
But for those who like statistics, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
“About 6% of married women 15–44 years of age in the United States are unable to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex (infertility).
Also, about 11% of women 15–44 years of age in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, regardless of marital status (impaired fecundity).”
And it’s not always the woman’s problem. According to the CDC, “Of men who sought help, 18% were diagnosed with a male-related infertility problem, including sperm or semen problems (14%) and varicocele (6%).”
So, what’s going on? While there are numerous contributing factors, my role here on this blog is to present the role of environmental toxins. With the growing awareness of ingredients in simple household/personal care products being labeled as hormone disrupters, it causes one to wonder if what we are experiencing holds true.
But, I don’t want to ramble here on what you can find easily on other websites. Instead, I want to offer hope to the young couple who may have stumbled upon my website.
As the leader of Acadiana’s Green Moms, I have been helping families create safer homes for over twelve years. My biggest reward has always been what my services can do to improve your health and it’s what motivates me to keep offering this service.
One compelling story and how it relates to infertility is worth sharing.
Having been referred to a young couple interested in creating a safer home, I had no reason to suspect that this couple has been dealing with infertility. They had two children, so they did not look infertile to me.
In my normal home assessment, I covered the rising rate of infertility and its connection to environmental toxins, causally suggesting that if they had friends dealing with infertility perhaps we could help them.
Several months go by and I meet the couple randomly in the community. The wife shared with me her excitement of just learning she is pregnant. Of course, congratulatory exchanges were made, but then she shared with me how she suffered two miscarriages since the birth of her last child.
She went on to share that after I left her home that evening she realized that having had two children so close together, in her concern for their well-being, she amped up her cleaning and disinfecting. My comments caused her to wonder if her once normal fertility had been impacted by her over exposure to household toxins.
In a matter of three months, she completely converted her entire house from cleaning to personal care to even safer skin care and cosmetics. Fast forward nine months and she has a third healthy child and, at the time of this writing, is expecting her fourth.
Now I am not saying that her story will be yours, but what will it cost you to convert your home? Absolutely nothing but better health.
Acadiana’s Green Moms offer free home and health assessments. Email Liz@AcadianasGreenMoms.com for details.
Cheers to health and wellness,