Public Release: 7-Dec-2016
Dad's exposure to phthalates in plastics may affect embryonic development
UMass Amherst study finds sperm exposure to plastic compounds may affect embryo
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
A new study led by environmental health scientist Richard Pilsner at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, one of the first to investigate whether preconception exposures to phthalates in fathers has an effect on reproductive success via embryo quality, found that exposures from select chemicals tested were associated with "a pronounced decrease in blastocyst quality" at an early stage in embryo development.
Phthalates are compounds found in plastics and personal care products that are estimated to be detectable in nearly 100 percent of the U.S. population.