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  1. PTPTP Welcome
    Intro to Tests
  3. STI's
  4. Blood Tests
  5. Fertility
  6. AMH
  7. CM Tracking
  8. Genetic Tests for you
    Counselling - Introduction
  10. Affording a Baby Solo
  11. Things To Consider As a Recipient
  12. Things to Consider as a Donor
  13. Telling people your plan
  14. Donor Roles
  15. Sourcing a Donor
    Eliminating for Fertility Intro
  17. Caffeine
  18. Alcohol
  19. Dairy
  20. Gluten
  21. Soy
  22. Sugar
  23. MODULE 4 - Aligning For Fertility
    Introduction to Aligning for Fertility
  24. Mindset
  25. Move!
  26. Bend and Breathe
  27. Silence Stress
  28. Body Alignment & TCM
  29. MODULE 5 - Fuelling For Fertility
    Fuelling for Fertility - bolstering for reproduction Intro
  30. Organic Foods
  31. Vitamins
  32. Humble H2O
    Known Donor Conception Legalities
  34. Federal, State and Case Law pertaining to Known Donor Conception
  35. Using International Gametes Donors & surrogates
  36. Natural Insemination & The Law
  37. Two Ways for a Man to Become a Sperm Donor
  38. Known Donor Contract/Pre-Conception Agreement
  39. MODULE 7 - Intro To Donors
    Introduction to Donors
  40. Donor Etiquette
  41. Meet Sperm Donors
  42. Instrument Size
  43. Known Donors in USA
  44. MODULE 8 - Donor Health
    Sperm Quality
  45. Genetics - Personality traits are genetically linked
  46. Donor Health History
    Conception Methods Intro
  48. AI/HI method and Instructions
  49. NI/PI/XI
  50. Cervical Caps
  51. Conception Tricks
  52. MODULE 10 - GO TIME
    Go Time Introduction
  53. Safety First
  54. Time to Connect
  55. Insem Session
  56. 2WW
    2WW Wait Intro
  57. Distract
  58. Gain and Train
  59. KonMari Your World
  60. Upskill
  62. BFP
  63. Extra Conception things you can do!
    Inflammation & Infertility
  64. Household Toxins
    Shifting Gears or Exploring more options. Here's a List to assist you!
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Endocrine Disruptors

Kbuti Group August 27, 2020

Endocrine disruptors interrupt the body’s normal hormone production by putting them off kilter with how they function.

When hormones are out of whack or aren’t functioning the way they should, they can cause major issues for various life processes that rely on this system operating optimally. Everything from our sleep and digestion can go to disarray.  Even landing a pregnancy can be affected.

Endocrine disruptors have the power to halt or increase hormone production, mimic hormones, interfere with the signals hormones make and they can even bind to them.  When the intricate hormone system is disrupted even just a teeny bit, it can bring a whole lot of chaos to our lives

The large majority of endocrine disruptors you ingest or inhale are the result of synthetic chemicals released into our environment. They’re also known as EDC’s – endocrine disrupting chemicals and are typically found in products, services, and/or food items that are part of our everyday.

The worst offenders are:

BPA (bisphenol A).  BPA is a chemical widely used in in polycarbonate plastic for items such as tableware, microwave ovenware, food containers, water bottles, milk and beverage bottles, water pipes and epoxy resins are used as protective linings of canned foods and beverages and as a coating on metal lids for glass jars and bottles.

It mimics estrogen tricking the body into thinking it has more estrogen than it actually does – but not well enough to enhance fertility. BPA is also a known cancer causer. 

Choosing BPA free products is one solution but switching out plastics for glass or other alternatives is the best way to go  – like buying in bulk to minimize plastic packaging or using glass jars and glasses!

Dioxins. These are found in the environment all around the globe and they accumulate in the food chain, mainly by landing on food such as grass pastures which animals graze and end up being stored in their fatty tissues which people end up eating. So it’s all around us and can be difficult to get rid of.  Dioxins disrupt how both male and female hormones communicate with one another in the body and if they aren’t chatting all hell breaks loose. 

Reducing animal products consumption is one of the best ways to reduce your intake of dioxins.

Atrazine and glyphosate.  These are herbicides widely used a weed deterrent on a range of crops. Which means the potential for runoff into our water systems is very real and is happening. It has a potent “gender-bending” effect with studies showing that it has the ability to turn men into females.   Eating certified organic foods that are grown without the use of herbicides and pesticides is the obvious response. Using a water filtration system that can remove chemicals from tap water is a smart move if you haven’t got one installed already and avoiding processed foods that have corn products or by-products in them such as sweeteners, binding agents, and starches.

Phthalates. Used in plastics and in a large majority of cosmetics and personal care products such as perfumes, nail polish, skin creams, shampoo and conditioners.  Phthalates basically tell testicular cells to die, which of course negatively impacts sperm count and productivity. These toxins can also cause thyroid issues that are linked to obesity, which is also linked to infertility. 

Reducing exposure to phthalates by drinking tap water rather than plastic bottled water, minimizing plastics in your life and using sustainable beauty products. 

Parabens. These are preservatives found in all sorts of foods, personal care items, and pharmaceuticals.  They have been linked to diminished ovarian reserve. In other words, parabens AGE YOUR EGGS.  Only buy products that state they are “paraben-free” and avoid any other ingredients that include the word paraben.

Organophosphate pesticides. Used commonly as an agricultural pesticide today, but back in the day, organophosphates were used as a biochemical weapon – nerve gas, to be precise in Nazi Germany. When the war was over, all those chemicals needed to be put to use (and profit, of course) and were eventually converted into a toxin that affected nerve capabilities in insects so it could be used in insecticides. Unfortunately, exposure to these toxins can hinder brain development, lower testosterone levels and interfere with thyroid hormone levels.  Again, purchasing pesticide/herbicide-free foods as well as those with the organic label are the best way to avoid ingesting or inhaling organophosphate pesticides.

From here on out ALWAYS read the labels when you are shopping.

You can continue learning about other common endocrine disruptors from the: 

EWG’s Dirty Dozen list




Ovarian Reserve: