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13 Jan 2006

Chemicals/Solvents question
Hi Doc,
Hubby and I have decided to start trying for a baby. I just have one question: I work in a lab and I am constantly exposed to dangerous chemicals and solvents. How will this firstly, effect my chances of falling pregnant and secondly the risk to miscarriage or birth defects. I can move departments but I need to start looking now before we start trying. Just would like your thoughts on the matter.
Thanks.
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GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

This question is difficult to answer because scientifically accurate information regarding the reproductive impact of potential environmental toxins is not readily available. Heavy metals such as lead and mercury, organic solvents, alcohol, and ionizing radiation are confirmed environmental teratogens, and exposure could contribute to pregnancy loss. Caffeine, cigarette smoking, and hyperthermia are suspected teratogens, and the teratogenic impact of pesticides remains unknown.

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