Are environmental pollutants contributing to fertility issues in women?

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    Just as bodily pollutants such as cigarettes and alcohol contribute to fertility issues among other things, many studies have shown that women living too close to some factories, mines and production plants (that are releasing dangerous pollutants into the surrounding areas) have higher rates of miscarriage and children with birth defects (for an example look into the “Love Canal Evacuation”). In a study conducted by Dr. Jeanne Becker, who is an Associate Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Microbiology and Immunology at University of South Florida College of Medicine, she suggests that because many environmental toxins (including Dioxin) have estrogenic activity they have an affect on female hormones. For more information on the effects of Dioxin in particular, which is considered one of the most harmful industrial pollutants, I recommend this article: http://www.cqs.com/edioxin.htm .

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