Nowadays, we have faced a problem with plastic in our life. Some researchers report that an enormous amount of plastic surrounding us may affect the male reproductive system. But there is no definite answer whether plastic reduces male fertility plastic.
As plastic is tightly connected to our life – it’s found everywhere, and you can’t avoid contacting it, it’s hardly possible to find a man who has never used plastic products, and carries out a more accurate study. We can’t compare the sperm quality of men who use plastic with the quality of those who don’t. However, some researchers have demonstrated that people exposed to synthetic chemicals may have lower sperm count.
Plastic by itself causes no harm
But we process this material with different plasticizers and chemicals to make it more resistant to breaking and more flexible. This makes plastic stronger. Otherwise, it would be fragile.
Some substances penetrate into plastic over time interacting with its chemicals and making it more brittle. Therefore, it is not recommended reusing plastic bottles in everyday life. Phthalates are plasticizers used most widely today.
Some fertility tests on rats have revealed that it is phthalate that causes reproductive disorders in male offspring. Pregnant rats were exposed to 50,000 times the phthalate dose, a dose to which women are exposed. The same treatment was used in human fetal tests. And the analysis showed that testosterone production was not affected. No reproductive problems were found when exposing male monkeys when in the fetal state to the same phthalate dose.
It often happens when different studies examining the same issue show different results. How should researchers respond in such a case? The first way out is to assume and accept the worst results and do not take into account studies that provide different data. This would require banning or limit the use of phthalates in plastic production, and such a change would influence the life of every person. And some experts state that this is the safest solution.
However, it is impossible in science not to take into account some information just because it does not match your solution or conflicts with your point of view. You can do it if you know that this information is not correct. Such an approach has no sense and does not comply with ordinary standards.
Yes, there is no enough evidence or definitive proof that plastic reduces the quality of sperm in men, but something in our environment or lifestyle affects our fertility by leading to low sperm count. Researchers would be happy to know what it is.