Chemicals In Yoga Mats May Disrupt Your Fertility
It is shocking that the polyurethane yoga mats or the foam furniture that you use every day put you at a risk of getting infertility problems especially if you are undergoing fertility treatments. Recent studies have shown that the users of such products are exposed to a particular kind of flame retardant chemical which adversely affects your fertility.
A common type of organophosphate flame retardant (PFR) is used in every polyurethane foam product such as upholstered furniture and yoga mats. The findings suggest that the long exposures to PFRs put you at high risk of lower reproductive success. High concentrations of PFRs in women drastically reduce their chance of clinical pregnancy and live births. The study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives claim that certain metabolites (products of metabolism of PFRs) were detected in 80% of the women participants undergoing tests.
If we look at the statistics of fertility problems of such women, the findings suggest that 10% reduced the probability of successful fertilization, 31% reduced probability of implantation of the embryo, 41% decreased the probability of clinical pregnancy, and 38% reduction in live births. PFRs were initially introduced as safer alternatives to flame retardant PentaBDE used in polyurethane which was discontinued a decade ago. But now these PRFs themselves have been found to cause hormone disruptions in animals.
To make this even worse, studies have also shown that these PFRs have the power to migrate out of polyurethane products into the air and close environment. So couples undergoing IVF (in-vitro fertilization) treatment can improve their chance of success by keeping off PFR products.
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