Most women who go to an infertility doctor are able to find some cause for the reason that they are having difficult conceiving a child. In some cases, the woman has waited too long to have children. In other cases, the woman has a genetic issue which has caused the problem. But for some women, the reason remains a mystery. It turns out that one of the causes of unexplained infertility might be a common weed killer that the woman has used in her gardening.
"The herbicide atrazine is the second most widely used weedkiller in the U.S., applied to corn and sorghum fields throughout the Midwest and also spread on suburban lawns and gardens. It was banned in Europe after studies linked the chemical to endocrine disruptions in fish and amphibians." (source)
A study at the University of California San Francisco shows that the infertility concerns which prompted Europe to ban the weedkiller may be rooted in reality. The study showed that women with infertility who had used this product had an amplified gene in the body which may be caused by the weed killer and could be the cause of infertility. Additional research will need to be done to determine the true link between this product and infertility. However, it's an area for women with fertility concerns to keep an eye on. Choosing organic products and keeping away from this weed killer might not be a bad idea until additional information is available. Question of the Day: Have you ever considered making the switch to all-organic products in order to decrease your likelihood of developing fertility problems?