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Aurora magazine

Does bisphenol A, contained in the plastic, make it sterile?

The decline in fertility and true infertility is an increasingly common problem in the world. More and more studies prove that much of the blame lies with lifestyle. Smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep and unhealthy eating reduce the rate of fertility. Part of the infertility cases could however also be linked to bisphenol A (BPA), a substance contained in most of the plastic containers.

BPA is a molecule used for the synthesis of some plastics, such as those used for water bottles. With the increase in urbanization, plastic containers have also increased. As a result, we are increasingly in contact with the bisphenol A content of food and soap packaging. The problem is that it seems that this molecule has serious consequences on fertility, especially on the male one.

A good number of studies suggest that BPA reduces sperm motility, thus affecting fertility. Approximately 15% of the increase in male infertility is thought to be related to high BPA levels. This, together with the consumption of more and more foods rich in fats and oxidants, could explain at least a slice of the cases of infertility. The phenomenon is evident above all in the big cities like Bangalore, in India.

Bancalore suffers from a veritable epidemic of male and female infertility. In the last 10 years, cases of infertility have increased by about 30%, many of them without apparent reason. In parallel, there has been an increase in the use of plastic packaging and bottles, especially in the food sector. It seems strange that the two phenomena are not in any way related. This is why more and more doctors are pointing at bisphenol A, also in the light of various international studies.

Bisphenol A would act similarly to estrogen, affecting the endocrine system. This could translate into less sperm motility and ovulation problems. To have certain answers, however, further studies will be needed.