A recent study published in Oxford Journals, showed that paternal exposure to chemicals known as phthalates, commonly found in plastics-act as a binding material- lotions and aftershave, have a propensity to affect the embryo quality.
Dr. Richard Pilsner, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, investigated that preconception exposure to urinary concentrations of phthalates and phthalate alternatives in fathers, showed decline in embryo quality at the blastocyst stage.
The study reveals that fathers, and not mothers with high phthalate concentration or phthalate alternatives, in their urine samples, are responsible for their embryo development. Embryos from these fathers are more likely to have trouble developing at the blastocyst stage.
Other than this, no other stage of development was affected, as proposed by the study.
A cohort study included 761 oocyte cells from 50 couples undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. Out of 761, 423 of oocyte entered the developmental stage, whilst team recorded the phthalate concentration in urine samples.
As it is commonly heard, baby’s health and growth is a mother’s concern, fathers once delivered their sperms feel accomplished however, this is not the case.
As the study proposed, sperms coming from paternal side majorly controls what would be their embryo looks like in the future.
Additionally, Phthalate is a huge class of chemicals and few of them have been known to have negative impacts on health. In the previous times, researchers studied this compound and how it poses threat to the quality of life. Phthalates are used as binding material in plastics and as a matter of fact, our lives are surrounded by plastic in form of our office chair to our toilet bolts. Additionally, it is also present in cosmetics, floor cleansers and other personal care products.
However, a complete eradication of such compounds from our lives sound fanatical but what least we can do is minimize the use by replacing plastic stuff with steel or iron.
Make sure such ingredients which pose health threat such as parabens DEA, sodium lauryl sulfate, and propylene and Xeenohormones are not mentioned on the products you buy.