BPA Diminishes In Vitro Success

In an article released today on the Environmental Daily News, Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá and Wendy Hessler write about a study produced by Harvard University which has found that bisphenol-A exposure levels which are common to the general public may impact a woman's ability to concieve through the In Vitro process. The study found that women with higher levels of bisphenol-A in their bodies were less likely to concieve because the embryo failed to attach itself to the uterus. According to the synopsis on the Environmental Daily News, the study showed that

'Regardless of the factors considered, the results show a clear trend of increasing implantation failure with higher BPA levels. These effects were observed in women with BPA levels lower than those in women of childbearing age in the general U.S. population.

Average levels of BPA measured in the women's urine – 1.53 μg/L – were comparable to those reported in women from the general U.S. population – 1.97 μg/L.

Without taking into account women’s age, day of embryo transfer and IVF protocol followed, the chances of getting pregnant decreased with increasing exposure levels of BPA. Women in the highest exposure group had half the odds of getting pregnant than women with the lowest levels.'

To read more about the study and Harvard University's findings, please see the full article on the Environmental Daily News.

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