Impact of DEHP on Male Fertility

Impact of DEHP on Male FertilityImpact of DEHP on Male Fertility

A study from Lund University, Sweden, states that young men exposed to high concentrations of a phthalate compound called di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP could potentially face problems with fertility, reports Lund University News and Press Releases. Phthalates are chemicals added to plastic and vinyl to make them soft and pliable and used in different applications such as plastic bottles, wallpapers, shoes, nail polish, perfume, flooring, carpets etc. One could get exposed to phthalates through food, water, or air. It has been reported that phthalates are harmful for human health, since they are considered to interfere with the hormonal system.

The study analyzed the effect of DEHP in humans; 314 young men between the ages of 18-20 in the general Swedish population were engaged to assess their reproductive hormones through relevant tests. The results obtained showed that men in the highest DEHP exposure group faced greater risks of infertility.