Study planned on chemical effects on women's fertility

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Your hair spray, make-up and your hand cream all have things researchers say could affect your chance of having a baby.

They're in your home and in our everyday life. Chemicals are all around us.

In everything from hand cream, shampoos to pesticide, and in the food that we eat.

"We are starting to realize the world we live in has a lot of external influences on us," said John Schnorr with Coastal Fertility Specialists.

To determine if there's a link between everyday chemicals and a woman's fertility, a study headed up by MUSC obstetrics and gynecology professor Dr. Louis Guillette and reproductive endocrinologist Dr. John Schnorr is underway.

The two year study will follow more than 300 female patients, looking at how everything from makeup, plastic water bottles and hair spray could possibly affect a woman's fertility.

Dr. Guillette says they will specifically be studying the fluid and cells around the egg.

"We're able to take the fluid around the egg and look at the genetics and contaminants and look at the normal chemicals that are there and see if its in the right range," Dr. Guillette said.

Both doctors say not all everyday items we come in contact pose a health concern when it comes to fertility. The hope is to better understand which products need to be used in moderation for a women looking to conceive.

Dr. Schnorr says studies in animals show chemicals do play a role in reproduction.

He hopes that over the next year, enough data will be taken that can guide future patient care when it comes to women.

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