As someone who works with TTC, fertility, and wellbeing clients in Weymouth and online, I often find people worry about how exposure to toxins can reduce their chances of conceiving and how they may affect a healthy pregnancy. Both males and females can be affected. We do indeed encounter all kinds of toxins in today’s rapidly built-up, constantly-overheating world, and some of them are hard to avoid.
There are ways to reduce your exposure to toxins to a certain extent. Eliminating toxins to enhance fertility can be looked at from a two-tier perspective: the surface-level/easier to avoid toxins and then deeper level (more effort required) toxins. This post walks you through both kinds and what you can do about them.
There are a number of every-day toxins that you may encounter on a daily basis, and generally they don’t do too much damage. However, in the case of fertility and when you’re trying to conceive, continual exposure to them can have a negative effect. One obvious source of toxins is smoking and smokers; quitting smoking, and staying away from exposure to smokers as much as possible is a must. Other things you can do include using more natural cleaning and personal care products – these will usually have higher environmental credentials, look for labels like Bio-D, SESI and eco-leaf. Avoid highly scented air fresheners, candles and washing products. Avoid dry cleaning your clothes, if possible, as this also reduces your exposure to toxins.
The above toxins are what you would call superficial toxins – chemicals that can be avoided with lifestyle changes. However, other toxins are more deeply rooted and harder to avoid, and can negatively affect the body’s hormone balance, and therefore affect fertility by interfering with egg and sperm formation, as well as the internal evironment. These are the toxin esposures that you would discuss with me in greater detail.
An example would be Bisphenols – they are widely used in plastic products, can linings, and sales receipts printed on paper with a glossy sheen. Another plastic-based toxin group are Phthalates, which are often added to toys, footwear, food packaging, and care products as a way of making them more flexible. You should also be careful about pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides, which can sometimes be found on packaged food or in garden sheds.
There are other potentially damaging toxins out there, such as parabens, POPs, and heavy metals. Knowing what to do about them is not easy, but I am here to help you. My fertility, TTC, and wellbeing advice in Weymouth and online gives you the chance to outline your lifestyle and potential exposures, which in turn allows me to recommend a personalised treatment plan that may include diet, lifestyle changes, and reflexology.
Together, we will come up with a solution that ensures you stay away from as many toxins as possible and have the best possible chance of conceiving. Feel free to get in touch to arrange your initial consultation, or to book a free call.