Xenoestrogens are synthetic, industrially made oestrogen like chemicals found in plastics and pesticides.  "Xeno" literally means foreign, so xenoestrogens are foreign oestrogens.  These harmful chemicals can disrupt hormone balance and have been linked to infertility.

The increased use of pesticides and plastics in the modern world means that people are being exposed more often to these harmful chemicals, which wreak havoc with hormone balance, and have been linked to serious health concerns such as the early onset of puberty, breast cancer and infertility.

There is a concern that Xenoestrogens can cause infertility as they mimic the body's natural oestrogen and occupy oestrogen receptor sites, act as false messengers, and thereby disrupt the delicate hormonal balance of the body.

Xenoestrogens, like all oestrogens, can increase growth of the endometrium.  For this reason it is particularly important that women who suffer from endometriosis take measures to avoid products which contain them.

Unfortunately xenoestrogens are  to be present in our soil, water, food supply, personal care and household products. So how can we avoid them?  It is possible to greatly reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens by making some simple adjustments in your life that can bring about a strong, positive effect on your health.

Here are a few tips for reducing your exposure to xenoestrogens   

  • Switch to organic! The only way to be sure your food is pesticide free is to buy products that are certified as organic.  Always choose organic when purchasing thin-skinned fruits and vegetables.
  • Do not heat foods in the microwave in plastic containers or covered with plastic cling wrap.  Use glass or ceramic containers instead.  Also, when storing food it is best kept in a non-plastic container.
  • Avoid heated plastics: plastic lined items and Styrofoam.  When heated by a microwave, an oven or the sun, polycarbonates can leech out and can contaminate foods and beverages.
  • Avoid plastic water and drink bottles.  Use a stainless steel flask or bottles labelled BPA free only.
  • Many personal care products (such as shampoos, soaps and creams) and cosmetics contain parabens and phenoxyethanol, used as a preservative.  Switch to natural products.  Most perfumes are petrochemically based. Nail polish and nail polish removers contain harsh chemicals and should only ever be used in well-ventilated areas.  There are nail polishes on the market that do not contain Toluene, formaldehyde or DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate).  These and many other natural personal care products and cosmetics are conveniently available at Mountain Creek Wholefoods at Griffith shops.
  • Do not inhale and take care to protect your skin from: electrical oils, lubricants, adhesives, paints, lacquers, solvents, oils, fuel, packing materials, fertilizers, harsh cleaning products and industrial waste.
  • Be aware of noxious gas that comes from copiers and printers, new carpets and cars.

Sally Nourse