Are chemicals making some women less interested in sex?

ChemicalsWomenLessSexOur lives are full of chemicals we never thought about–from PVC flooring to shower curtains, food, and car dashboards.

But now studies have indicated that those modern chemicals may be interfering with our love lives.

Although many previous studies have linked pthalate chemicals (a hormone disruptor) in our environment and food to diabetes, asthma, various brain disorders and feminization of the brains of  baby boys, Dr. Emily Barrett of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, conducted the first study of its kind linking pthalates to women and sexuality—by measuring the levels of pthalates in the urine of 360 pregnant women.

An important part of the test was documenting the statements of the women regarding food choices and sexual desires before and during pregnancy.

Dr. Barrett found that women with the highest amount of pthalates in their urine were two and a half times more likely to say, “Not tonight, dear,” than the other women. They were also the ones who regularly consumed fast foods and packaged foods.

Dr. Barrett’s study was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference, held recently in Hawaii.

Pthalates are present in many everyday products. So much so, that the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that they present “serious implications for health.” Most pthalates are banned in cosmetics, toiletries and baby food in the European Union (EU), with more bans to come next year, but it is much less clear which ones are still used in the U.S.

Dr. Barrett recommended that, under the circumstances pregnant women, or women who want to get pregnant, avoid The Standard American Diet of fast foods and processed foods, choosing instead fresh food items without packaging. Pthalates get into the food from processing equipment and packaging. Fresh foods are far better for overall health anyway.

And if you want to be a ‘sexy woman’  and please your husband well into old age (as my grandmother did before the beginning of the chemical era),  you would do well to learn about chemicals, what products they are in, and how much they are affecting your life.

Chemical use in the environment and food  is increasing year by year, and is “getting out of hand,” a group of scientists proclaimed. Who knows? They may even be causing you to say, “Not tonight, dear,” all too frequently.

Source: Daily Mail, UK

 

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