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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Fertility/Infertility On the Job

 Workplace Hazards To Fertility

There's been an increased awareness on the part of employers about whether or not they are exposing employees to toxic substances.
See www,getpregnantover40,com for more on environmental toxins and fertility
 However, you should be aware of some of the toxic substances or radiation you may be exposed to on the job.  Your employer should have something called material safety data sheets which show which chemicals are in your workplace and what to do if you are exposed.   Here is an article that explains more:

"Chemical or physical hazards in the workplace include:
Cancer treatment drugs such as methotrexate, which can affect health care workers and pharmacists. Known observed effects of this type of exposure include infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and low birth weight.

Electronic and semiconductor workers may be exposed to certain glycol ethers such as 2-ethoxyethanol (2EE) and 2-methoxyethanol (2ME). Exposure to these chemicals is known to cause miscarriages.

Women whose work involves viscose rayon have been known to experience menstrual cycle changes due to exposure to carbon disulfide (CS2).

Over 100 years ago lead was known to cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and infertility in female pottery workers. Today lead is still a workplace reproductive health hazard for battery makers, solderers, welders, radiator repairers, bridge repainters, firing range workers, and home remodelers. In addition to the health effects above, lead exposure can cause low birth weight and developmental disorders.

Health care workers, dental professionals, and atomic workers may be exposed to ionizing radiation such as X-rays and gamma rays. This type of exposure can cause infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, low birth weight, developmental disorders, and childhood cancers."


from:  (womenshealth.about.com)

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