Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Flame Retardant Chemicals Linked to Infertility

A new study from the University of California Berkley links levels of a compound used to make household products flame retardant and lower fertility levels in women.

According to the study, women with higher blood levels of PBDEs, a type of flame retardant commonly found in household consumer products, took longer to become pregnant. In fact, every 10 fold increase in the blood concentration of four PBDE chemicals was linked to a 30 percent decrease in the odds of becoming pregnant each month. compared with women who have lower PBDE levels.

PBDEs are used in foam furniture, electronics, fabrics, carpets, plastics and other household items. PBDEs are known to accumulate in human fat cells and it is estimated that 97% of Americans have detectable levels of PBDEs in their blood. 

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