A recent study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine being held this week in Boston examined a possible link between BPA and miscarriage. BPA (bisphenol-A) is a chemical found in many plastics and canned food linings. Women found to have high levels of BPA in their urine were 10 times more likely to suffer pregnancy loss than age matched women without high levels of BPA.
It is impossible to avoid BPA entirely, but to minimize exposure women with a history of infertility or recurrent miscarriage should avoid cooking or warming food in plastic containers because heat helps BPA leak out into the food. Don’t leave water bottles in the sun, limit the use of canned foods, and avoid handling cash register receipts which are often coated with resins containing BPA.