Thursday, May 3, 2012

Male fertility at risk from formaldehyde exposure

Researchers found work-related formaldehyde
exposure could lead to fertility problems.
Men who are exposed to formaldehyde at work could have a harder time starting a family, according to a team of Chinese researchers.

Their research suggests that high levels of exposure to the chemical may reduce fertility in men.

The study involved a group of married men who were exposed to formaldehyde at their workplace in a wood processing facility.

It took their wives three times as long to get pregnant, compared to the wives of men who were not exposed to formaldehyde on the job.

Previous animal studies have shown that exposure to formaldehyde can decrease the quality and quantity of sperm, so this research is in line with those findings.

Source: Private MD Labs

What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas or liquid with a pungent, suffocating odor. It is a volatile organic compound that has been linked to cancer.

Formaldehyde is used in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications, including as a tissue preservative in medical laboratories and as an embalming fluid in mortuaries.

Occupational health and safety concerns from formaldehyde are especially a concern for workers in a hospital, laboratory, mortuary, or chemical plant.

Higher amounts of formaldehyde can become a problem for people who work as a doctor, nurse, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, pathologist, embalmer, clothing or furniture factory worker, or teacher or student working in a laboratory with preserved specimens.

Source: National Library of Medicine

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