How pollution affects fertility


How pollution affects fertility

The article Female Fertility and Environmental Pollution, published by the International journal of environmental research and public health, explains the relationship between fertility and pollution and gives interesting results.

"A realistic picture of our world shows that it is heavily polluted everywhere. Coastal regions and oceans are polluted by farm fertilizer, manure runoff, sewage and industrial discharges, and large isles of waste plastic are floating around, impacting sea life.

Terrestrial ecosystems are contaminated by heavy metals and organic chemicals that can be taken up by and accumulate in crop plants, and water tables are heavily contaminated by untreated industrial discharges. As deadly particulates can drift far, poor air quality has become a significant global problem and one that is not exclusive to major industrialized cities.

The consequences are a dramatic impairment of our ecosystem and biodiversity and increases in degenerative or man-made diseases. In this respect, it has been demonstrated that environmental pollution impairs fertility in all mammalian species.

The worst consequences are observed for females since the number of germ cells present in the ovary is fixed during fetal life, and the cells are not renewable. This means that any pollutant affecting hormonal homeostasis and/or the reproductive apparatus inevitably harms reproductive performance.

This decline will have important social and economic consequences that can no longer be overlooked."

Female Fertility and Environmental Pollution: what you need to know

Among bad habits to eliminate, clichés and practical advice, we see in this post how to increase female fertility.

The days most favorable to conception are 6 and coincide with ovulation and the period immediately preceding it. In fact, during the ovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle, the egg cell undergoes maturation and is released into the uterine tube where, if it meets the spermatozoa, it can be fertilized.

The time from the start of the menstrual cycle to ovulation is on average 14 days, but there are individual variations that are important to consider when calculating the fertile period.