Cosmetic chemicals cause infertility: IVF experts

Cosmetic chemicals

New Delhi, April 13: Cosmetics with high chemical contents such as nail paints, antibacterial soaps, anti-ageing creams can cause problems in female fertility, doctors said on Wednesday.

According to research, chemicals in beauty products have complicated effects on women’s hormones and reproductive systems. 

“Several endocrine-disrupting chemicals have been identified to affect abnormal ovarian function, miscarriages and female infertility. Antibacterial soap can also kill your chances of conceiving,” Sagarika Aggarwal, IVF expert.

“Parabens are a type of preservative (present in soaps, shampoos and conditioners) used to prevent the growth of bacteria. But too much of it can have an impact on fertility. When hormones are out of balance, the chances of creating healthy eggs or healthy sperm is reduced,” said Aggarwal.

According to survey in 2013, Assocham had revealed that 75 per cent of Indian youngsters in the age group of 16-21 years spend over Rs 6,000 per month on cosmetics.

The experts have said that ingredients in nail polish known to cause birth defects and harm fertility, especially a concern with formaldehyde, phthalates.

“Phthalates are connected to both male and female infertility,” said Manjula B.C., a Bengaluru-based IVF expert.

“Toluene, a commonly used solvent to get glossy finish on the nails,causes reproductive harm., Most  common chemical found in almost every cosmetic product, Phthalates can disrupt the hormone levels, affect fertility and build up in breast milk when you do get pregnant,” said Manjula.

Cosmetic chemicals puts women at a higher risk of miscarriage, physical and mental birth defects in baby, low birth weight, kidney or nervous system damage, said by Jyoti Tripathy, an Indore-based independent IVF expert.

Wefornews Bureau

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