Does exposure to metals affect female reproductive health?



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Does exposure to metals affect female reproductive health?

"Untainted environment promotes health, but the last few decades experienced steep upsurge in environmental contaminants posing detrimental physiological impact. The responsible factors mainly include the exponential growth of human population, havoc rise in industrialization, poorly planned urbanization, and slapdash environment management.

Environmental degradation can increase the likelihood of human exposure to heavy metals, resulting in health consequences such as reproductive problems.As a result, research into metal-induced causes of reproductive impairment at the genetic, epigenetic, and biochemical levels must be strengthened further.

These metals impact upon the female reproduction at all strata of its regulation and functions, be it development, maturation, or endocrine functions, and are linked to an increase in the causes of infertility in women Chronic exposures to the heavy metals may lead to breast cancer, endometriosis , endometrial cancer, menstrual disorders, and sp ontaneous abortions, as well as pre-term deliveries, stillbirths.

For example, endometriosis, endometrial cancer, and spontaneous abortions are all caused by the metalloestrogen cadmium (Cd); lead (Pb) levels over a certain threshold can cause spontaneous abortion and have a teratogenic impact; toxic amounts of mercury (Hg) have an influence on the menstrual cycle, which can lead to infertility.

Impact of environmental exposure to heavy metals on female fertility is therefore a well-known fact. Thus, the underlying mechanisms must be explained and periodically updated, given the growing evidence on the influence of increasing environmental heavy metal load on female fertility.

The purpose of this review is to give a concise overview of how heavy metal affects female reproductive health."

Does exposure to metals affect female reproductive health?

This was reported by the article Environmental and occupational exposure of metals and female reproductive health, published on the Environmental science and pollution research international.

Pollution, at every level, causes damage to our health, including as regards female reproduction. And exposure to metals can't help but play a role in that.