Health Day (consumer.healthday.com) – by Steven Reinberg
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A chemical used in everything from food-can linings to store receipts might also pose some risk for infertility and birth defects, a new study suggests. Exposure to bisphenol A, or BPA, may disrupt the human reproductive process and play a role in about 20 percent of unexplained infertility, said researchers from Harvard University. In laboratory experiments, they exposed 352 eggs from 121 consenting patients at a fertility clinic to varying levels of BPA.
“Exposure of eggs to BPA decreased the percentage of eggs that matured and increased the percentage of eggs that degenerated,” said lead researcher Catherine Racowsky, director of the assisted reproductive technologies laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
BPA also increased the number of eggs that underwent an abnormal process called “spontaneous activation” that makes eggs act as if they have been fertilized when in fact they haven’t been, Racowsky said.