LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Some women trying to get pregnant may find it takes longer because of exposure to flame retardants used in popular household items, which is according to a recent study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley.
They studied blood samples from more than 200 pregnant women, looking for PBDE chemicals, which are flame retardants used in foam furniture, plastics and some electronics. They found the women with the highest levels of these chemicals took longer to conceive, than women with low levels.
Studies have shown PBDEs are found in household dust, which eventually accumulates in human fat cells. Two of the common types of PBDEs have been phased out of commercial products made after 2004 and a third PBDE will be phased out in 2013. It took most women three months to become pregnant and 15% of the women took 12 months or longer. The study is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.