The containers you use for food storage and drink, and the kitchen utensils you use can have a huge impact on your fertility. Dangerous and toxic compounds from plastics, Teflon, aluminum, stainless steel, copper and possibly others such as silicone (an amalgamation of compounds, and there are no long term studies on its effects on human health), have a direct impact on your ability to conceive and can also lead to miscarriages.
Plastic Cookware & Food Storage Containers
The latest scientific studies confirm that all plastic compounds have a direct negative impact on fertility and the health of a developing embryo. These compounds include bisphenol A (BPA), Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and plasticisers such as phthalates. Phthalates are used to make plastic malleable for plastic containers, bottles and kitchen utensils, wrappers, and are also used in perfumes, hairsprays, lubricants and wood finishers. They are responsible for that new car smell, which becomes especially pungent after the car has been sitting in the sun for a few hours. Then, as the temperature cools, it condenses out of the air to form an oily coating on the inside of the windshield.
Plastic compounds have a hormone disrupting effect and recent research indicates hormonal disruptors can cause adverse health effects in cells at levels as low as one part per trillion! This means that minimal amounts can negatively affect your fertility.
Large population studies suggest that people are already experiencing health effects caused by exposures to hormone disruptors. Adult men with high levels of phthalates in their bodies are more likely to show signs of hormonal disturbance, including reduced sperm concentration and motility, increased damage to sperm DNA, and altered hormone levels.
Baby boys exposed to high levels of phthalates in the womb, or in breast milk, are more likely to display reproductive and endocrine system abnormalities. In baby girls, these substances can potentially predispose them for earlier onset of puberty as well as increase the risk of reproductive problems later in life.
Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (a leading cause of infertility), or those who suffer recurrent miscarriages, are more likely to have higher levels of bisphenol A in their blood. In addition, due the oestrogenic nature of these plastic compounds, women are developing oestrogen dominant conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and female reproductive cancers.
In order to ensure optimum general and reproductive health, you and your partner should avoid all types of plastic food storage and cooking utensils and homeware – particularly those in contact with food, containers, water and other drink bottles, cling wraps and the like.
NEVER, put any kind of plastic into a microwave. Certainly during your preconception preparation the microwave should be unplugged and packed away! If you want to know why read how electromagnetic radiation can damage fertility and for alternatives to plastic cookware and storage check out my post on