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Pesticides Implicated in Infertility

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  • Human fertility is rapidly declining, and recent studies suggest pesticide exposure via conventional food may be a significant contributor to this disturbing trend, seen in both women and men
  • Compared to women with the lowest pesticide exposure, women with the highest exposure had an 18 percent lower IVF success rate. They were also 26 percent less likely to have a live birth if they did become pregnant
  • Modeling suggests exchanging a single serving of high-pesticide produce per day for one with low pesticide load may increase the odds of pregnancy by 79 percent, and the odds of having a live birth by 88 percent
  • Research also shows sperm concentration and quality has dramatically declined in recent decades, and the evidence suggests endocrine disrupting chemicals, which includes pesticides, are largely to blame
  • Washing your produce will help remove surface pesticide residues. According to recent research, the most effective cleaning method, by far, is to wash your produce using a mixture of tap water and baking soda

By Dr. Mercola

Human fertility is declining, and recent studies suggest conventional food may be a significant contributor to this disturbing trend, seen in both men and women. Pesticides have repeatedly been implicated in worsening fertility, and one of the most recent studies adds further support to this hypothesis.


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