Formaldehyde and Fertility

5/24/2012

Occupational exposure to formaldehyde in men may be linked to reduced fertility, according to a recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Researchers looked for fertility issues among nearly 300 married men who were exposed to formaldehyde at a wood processing facility. They found that the wives of formaldehyde-exposed men took three times as long to conceive and were twice as likely to miscarry as wives of unexposed men. Higher rates of fertility problems were present in the wives of men who had greater levels of exposure to formaldehyde, suggesting that reproductive toxicity may have a dose-response relationship to the exposures.

This study, in combination with recent animal studies, suggests that formaldehyde may contribute to reduced sperm quality throughout the world. Researchers indicated, however, that more information is needed before it can be concluded that formaldehyde actually diminishes sperm quality.

Formaldehyde is a popular chemical in building supplies, including particleboard, wallboard, and plywood. In addition to working directly with these building supplies, formaldehyde exposure can occur because products containing formaldehyde emit a gas that can escape into the air circulation of a building.

Whether there is a clear dose-response relationship between formaldehyde exposure and specific health outcomes remains the subject of debate and further studies. To learn more about how this study may impact your claims, please contact David Governo at dgoverno@governo.com or Lonna Carter at lcarter@governo.com of the Governo Law Firm.


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