BPA Affects the Unborn Baby
The bisphenol A (BPA) story is not yet over. More revelations about this chemical found in plastics are coming in as scientists are stepping up on BPA research. The recent undesirable BPA effect is female infertility and this was reported by Yale University researchers at the recent meeting of the Endocrine Society.
The Yale researchers have observed that when pregnant mice were exposed to BPA, the genetic chemistry of their female offspring is irreversibly altered. The researchers have the identified the gene in question as HOXA10, which regulates the normal development of the uterus and fertility, not only in mice, but also in humans. BPA sometimes plays havoc with the gene’s switching on and off. They can conceive but their ability to carry the pregnancy to full term is compromised, leading to permanent fertility loss.
In a way, this doesn’t surprise me, considering that BPA is an endocrine disruptor and mimics the effect of estrogen, and therefore plays havoc with hormonal balance.
However, this isn’t the only bad news about BPA.
University of Cincinnati researchers reported irregular heart rhythms in female mice (but not male!) exposed to BPA.
Now, if ever health authorities claim again that current BPA exposure is too low to cause these effects, University of Missouri-Columbia experts will definitely show their new estimate that BPA exposure among Americans is much higher that the so-called maximum safe dose.
These recent findings are alarming themselves but what concerns me are the following:
- Babies in the uterus are exposed and possibly already damaged by BPA even before they are born.
- Females seem to be strongly affected by BPA, because of its capacity to mimic estrogen.
In other words, BPA is affecting our reproductive cycle and will be affecting or has already affected the next generation of mothers.
The scientists at the Endocrine Society Meeting issued a scientific statement declaring that BPA and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals in food, water and consumer products represent a “significant concern to public health.”
I really hope that the health authorities are listening.