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Drinking And Fertility: What's In Your Water....Studies Link BPA Sperm Problems.

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Want to increase your chances of conceiving, then you may want to consider decreasing your exposure to BPA, bisphenol-A, found in many plastic consumer products. And, that means the men too. In fact, recent research shows that a controversial estrogen-like chemical found in plastic may result in lower sperm count for men.

The study suggests that men with higher levels of BPA had two to four times the risk of having problems with sperm quality and quantity. In fact, men with higher levels of BPA in their urine were more likely to have less sperm overall, less live sperm and poorer quality sperm. These men typically also had sperm that exhibited greater difficulty swimming.

In addition, earlier studies conducted by the same group revealed that men with higher levels of BPA also experienced difficulty in sexual function and experienced a low libido or impotence....often making them less fertile.

According to the Centers for Disease Control BPA is prevalent in some factories, but that most workers were exposed to levels deemed within range by the Environmental Protection Agency. BPA is also found in plastic bottles, the lining of metal cans and other popular consumer products and can be found in the urine of more than 90 percent of Americans alone.

Based on current evidence there is a growing concern about BPA, which acts like estrogen and can block male hormones such as testosterone. It had been result in harmful effects in hundreds of animal studies, including effects on male reproductive organs such as the testes and prostate. And, now new studies show the same impact on humans.

However, the American Chemistry Council notes that BPA has been safely uses for 50 years and government agencies that have investigated BPA note that low doses of it are of no imminent risk to human health.

Still, The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences suggests that animal studies show a link between BPA and infertility, weight gain, behavioral changes, early puberty, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes.

Furthermore, The Food and Drug Administration has shown some concern about BPAs and its potential effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and children, though it has yet to take measures to reduce the average person's exposure to the chemical.

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