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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and reproductive outcomes

D'Angelo, Arianna and St Pier, Georgina 2023. Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and reproductive outcomes. Marci, R., ed. Environment Impact on Reproductive Health, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 153-168. (10.1007/978-3-031-36494-5_8)

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are prevalent throughout the environment and known to negatively impact fertility. As the prevalence of unexplained subfertility increases worldwide, it is important to understand the impact EDCs might have on reproduction and fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF). This chapter examines the impact of EDCs on assisted reproduction treatments and pregnancy outcomes. The literature is frequently conflicting; however, the association between exposure to EDCs and poor reproductive outcomes is undeniable. Women of a reproductive age should therefore minimise exposure to these chemicals where possible, with healthcare professionals actively advocating their avoidance where possible. Further research is needed to determine the exact mechanisms of action of these substances, to identify which specific chemicals have the greatest effect and to provide recommendations for how to mitigate these effects.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 978-3-031-36493-8
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024 15:50

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