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One Surprising Thing That May Be Negatively Affecting Your Sex Life

Posted by on March 24, 2016 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 4 Comments

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A sex life is a delicate thing. It needs care and nurturing, some exploration and a healthy dose of humor. Don’t let environmental factors ruin your mojo.


“Not tonight, honey, I’ve had too many toxins!”

I’m betting that when you consider the factors affecting your interest in sex you probably don’t consider toxic exposures. But new research presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) found that exposure to the petrochemical-derived compounds known as phthalates can play a significant role in affecting a woman’s sexual desire.

Related Article: How To Boost Your Sexual Desire For Your Partner

Phthalates (pronounced “thallets”) are found in plastics, pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics, insecticides, and even baby care products, and have been linked to asthma, birth defects, and cancer. Some medications are coated in a type of phthalate known as di-n-butyl-phthalate. I consider it one of the “dirty dozen toxins” found in most skincare products.

Known as “the Study for Future Families (SFF),” scientists recruited pregnant women from four American cities to participate. The women completed questionnaires to identify sexual interest and sexual problems as well as having their urine examined for evidence of phthalate exposures. After adjusting for age, number of children, education, race, stress, and antidepressant use, the researchers found that women who had the top 25 percent of exposure to phthalates were 2.5 times more likely to report a lack of sexual interest.

Says ASRM President Dr. Rebecca Sokol, MD, MPH:

“Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is difficult to avoid in our society. As we learn more about the effects they have on human health and reproduction, we are realizing that we need to find ways to protect ourselves from them and find alternatives to their use.”

Related Article: What Women Want: Understanding Female Sexual Desire

In a study published in the journal Environmental Research, scientists found that prenatal phthalate exposure had a negative impact on the reproductive function of men, including reduced semen volume. Additional research in the European Union estimated that phthalate-caused male infertility results in 618,000 extra medical fertility interventions per year at a cost of €4.71 billion annually ($5.06 billion US dollars based on today’s exchange rate).

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  1. 1644299582486334@facebook.com' Teresa Von Eberstein says:

    5 Factors Men Don’t Know Contribute to a Low Sperm Count https://www.healthnaturalguide.com/2015/07/5-factors-men-dont-know-contribute-to.html

  2. 10206206020725769@facebook.com' Laurel Bolesky Guerrero says:

    Bad smells & stinky oders?

  3. 159301371094190@facebook.com' John Pinard says:

    Yeah, no sex! Haha.

  4. 1038920802846479@facebook.com' Gamaliel Olvera says:

    Any way… There are not enough oportunities…

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