Are Pollutants Disrupting Your Chances of Conception

For over thirty years, industrial grade polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) have been banned.  However, their lingering effects in the environment may still be dangerous to humans.  In a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health and published in Environmental Health Perspectives, PCB's were found to lower chances for conception in both males and females. 

The study tracked exposure to 63 known chemicals and the reproductive health of couples trying to conceive. In women, 5 chemicals were identified as disruptive to reproduction, and in men, 12. The study concluded that depending upon the pollutants you were exposed to, couples could suffer a 20% reduction in chance of conception.

Are these Pollutants Dangerous?

PCB's were initially banned over concerns for endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, and even cancer. Because they alter estrogen levels in the body, they can disrupt reproduction, cause intersex babies, and even cause abnormal functions in babies.  In addition to decreased chances of conception, these pollutants have caused serious harm to people over the years.

The symptoms of toxic PCB exposure include:

  • Rashes in the skin
  • chloracne
  • ocular lesions
  • lowered immune responses
  • irregular menstruation cycles
  • changes in blood and urine indicating liver damage
If You Have Suffered Exposure to PCB Pollutants

Exposure to high concentrations of PCB pollutants can cause serious harm to people.  If you are aware of these highly polluted areas, you should notify the authorities, who will clean the area of these toxic pollutants.  And you may want to consult a skilled attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries due to toxic exposure to these pollutants.