Cosmetics Design Europe reports today that chemicals in consumer products are partly responsible for deteriorating reproductive health in men.

Professor Richard Sharpe, of the Medical Research Council believes exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals plays a role in the worsening state of men’s reproductive health.

The origins of these reproductive problems – collectively called Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome – can be traced to development in the womb.

Sharpe said: “Because it is the summation of effect of hormone disrupting chemicals that is critical, and the number of such chemicals that humans are exposed to is considerable, this provides the strongest possible incentive to minimise human exposure to all relevant hormone disruptors, especially women planning pregnancy, as it is obvious that the higher the exposure the greater the risk”.

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