Natural Fertility: How to Protect Yourself from Chemical Hazards in the Workplace
If you work in an industrial, medical, or warehouse setting, there are many chemicals and other hazards that can interfere with your natural fertility and your ability to get pregnant. Read on to discover the threats to your natural fertility and find out how you can protect yourself.
What Chemicals Should I Be Aware Of?
There are many chemicals, depending on your place of work, that can damage your reproductive system and your general health. These include pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organic solvents and carbon disulfide.
Other chemicals that commonly cause reproductive issues in women are lead, toluene, and ethylene oxide gas.
These chemicals act in different ways on the body. Some interfere with hormones, some are so toxic they can damage eggs and other tissues, and others can affect growth and development of a baby if you’re already pregnant.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), reproductive hazards do not affect every woman or every pregnancy. Whether you are affected and the degree to which you or your baby may be harmed depends on different factors:
- The type of hazard
- How long you are exposed
- The amount of the hazard to which you are exposed
- The way in which you are exposed
- Personal factors, like your age, stage of menstrual cycle, stage of pregnancy or when you are exposed
For example, exposure to a hazard could block ovulation and pregnancy only at specific times of the menstrual cycle.
Exposure during the first 3 months of pregnancy might cause a birth defect or a miscarriage.
Exposure during the last 6 months of pregnancy could slow the baby’s growth, affect its brain development, or cause premature labor.
How Do I Avoid These or Protect Myself?
HERE is a great .pdf file listing workplace chemicals and how to counteract them.
You could try to discuss with your employer any alternative materials the company can use that are less harmful. Ensure they are aware of the hazards of the chemicals you are working with.
If possible, request a temporary transfer to a position that does not encounter chemical hazards while you are trying to become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Protect yourself from exposure. The following are the CDC’s suggestions:
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly. If your employer gives you gloves, hearing protection, or a respirator, make sure you are using it right.
- Use it all the time while you are at work. Always check it to make sure it is in proper working order BEFORE you use it.
- Follow health and safety practices. Make sure you know your job’s health and safety procedures. For example, always keep chemicals in sealed containers when you’re not using them.
- If your job involves coming into contact with chemicals or hazardous materials, be sure to wash them off! Especially before you eat or drink and before you go home! You don’t want to bring chemical residues into your house.
- Know what each labeling image means, and know counter-measures for contact with each.
What Can I Do If I Have Already Been Exposed?
See your doctor. I cannot stress that enough. If you know you’ve been exposed to toxic chemicals, DO NOT try any of the “home remedies” out there on the internet. Go. To. The. Hospital. You will not know the level of damage done to your body until you have tests done.
After you’ve been treated by a medical professional and you’ve ASKED THEM for the okay, then you can start home treatments.
Home treatment involves many different aspects. First, you can start with clean eating and other forms of safe, nutrition-based, healthy detox.
I’ve discussed this in other blogs (here), but clean eating is basically eliminating processed foods from your diet and adding lots of whole foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a must. Drink plenty of water to flush out your system.
You can add an herbal supplement such as Bioterra’s Detox. It is a very gentle cleanse that will help get your body healthy again. Click the picture below for a convenient link to purchase.
Once you see a doctor, do a great healthy detox, and rest, it’s time to try to get your reproductive system back on track. To start regaining your natural fertility, you can try meditation.
Meditation helps cleanse your mind and prepare your body to accept conception. This is a great way to relax and reboot yourself after a bodily trauma such as chemical exposure.
Another great way to replenish and reboot your system is with Bioterra’s Female Fertility herbal supplement. It’s full of beneficial herbs that have been used in Chinese Medicine for centuries to aid the reproductive system. You can click the image below for a link to purchase this product.