Fertility Week 2017

15-21 October

This year Fertility Week fights chemicals in the home that may reduce your chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby.

How to avoid chemicals in the home and increase your chance of becoming pregnant

In modern everyday life we are exposed to many different chemicals through the products we use, the food we eat, and the air we breathe. A particular group of chemicals called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can reduce sperm and egg quality and the chance of becoming pregnant.

Studies show that around 95% of people have EDCs in their bodies and that people who struggle to conceive have higher levels of some EDCs.  It is also known that higher levels of some EDCs decrease the chance of pregnancy among couples who use assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF.

While it is not possible to completely avoid EDCs, some simple steps can reduce your exposure to them. This is especially important for people who want to have children and women who are pregnant.


  • washing fruit and vegetables to remove any chemical that they have been sprayed with
  • eating fewer processed and pre-packaged foods
  • avoiding handling shiny sales receipts
  • drinking from glass, metal or hard plastic bottles rather than soft plastic bottles
  • never heating food in plastic takeaway containers or those covered with cling wrap or foil – instead, use a china or glass bowl and cover with a paper towel or plate before heating
  • avoiding air fresheners, smoke, strong chemicals, heavily perfumed products
  • airing your home frequently to reduce the amount of inhalable chemical particles
  • avoiding use of pesticides and herbicides in the garden
  • replacing strong household cleaning products with ‘green’ alternatives wherever possible
  • choosing personal care items like shampoos, make-up and body washes that are free of parabens.

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Get involved in #FertilityWeek

Fertility Week is a national public education campaign, to help people improve their chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby. The aim of Fertility Week is to promote conversations and awareness about factors that affect fertility, and  encourage individuals and health professionals to spread the word.

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