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Can Chemical Hair Straighteners Affect Your Fertility?

Can Chemical Hair Straighteners Affect Your Fertility?

Hair relaxers and chemical hair straighteners are a popular styling choice for many women, but few people realize the potential impact they can have on fertility. Can chemical hair straighteners affect your fertility? There is evidence to suggest that the chemicals found in many hair relaxers can actually decrease a woman’s ability to conceive.

Endocrine -Disrupting Chemicals and Fertility

One group of chemicals that has been under scrutiny are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These are substances that can interfere with the body’s hormonal system. Some common EDCs found in hair straightening products include formaldehyde, which is often used in Brazilian keratin treatments.

Research has shown that exposure to chemicals like formaldehyde, which is commonly found in hair relaxers, can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones in the body and menstrual regularity. This can lead to problems with ovulation and may ultimately lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant. Reproductive health in men can also be affected if exposed. For example, studies have linked exposure to certain EDCs with decreased sperm quality and disrupted ovarian function.

While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of hair relaxers on fertility, it’s clear that women who are trying to conceive should take extra caution when using these products. Whenever possible, it’s important to choose hair care products that are free from harmful chemicals and to consult with a doctor if you have concerns about your fertility.

At Fertility Centers of New England, we encourage all of our patients to lead a healthy lifestyle in order to have the best chance possible of conceiving. If you have questions about your or your partner’s fertility, please contact us today!


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