A new study shows a scary reason why the United States fertility rate is hitting new lows. The Harvard study shows a direct link between chemical pesticides on fruits and vegetables, and diminished fertility in both men and women, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
"Those who consumed two cups or more actually had a lower chance of succeeding, and a higher chance of having a pregnancy loss than those who consumed one cup or less, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Dr. Matthew Retzloff, a fertility expert at the Fertility Center of San Antonio, says the study looked at the eating habits of women who were going through fertility treatment.
He says the statistics are startling. Women who consumed fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue were 18% less likely to give birth than those who didn't. It's the first time that a major, peer reviewed study has linked drops in fertility, which have been seen across the country, and low doses of pesticide residue, but Dr. Retzloff says fertility experts have long suspected a link.
"There is a presumption that there are some underlying reasons that are connected to technology, and these chemical pesticides and non natural products," he said.
Dr. Retzloff says the impact affects male fertility as well as female fertility, and the key is for couples who want to become pregnant to watch what they eat.
"Couples undergoing fertility therapy should really consider either going all organic with fruits and vegetables, or being very diligent with cleansing the fruits and vegetables before eating them."