Health + Infertility – Part 2: Triclosan
Based on the title most people are wondering ‘What is Triclosan?’ Good question! Triclosan is an antibacterial agent. If you carry around antibacterial lotion or have antibacterial soap at home, then this ingredient is probably listed on both. Triclosan is also found in toothpaste, toys and clothing.
I had never heard of Triclosan until I saw the Dateline video mentioned in my last environmental post. Triclosan was one of three hormone disruptors the study was based on and one of the chemicals causing the family’s test results to come back with such high toxic levels.
When Triclosan was first registered with the FDA back in 1969, it was registered as a pesticide, and even still the FDA still has not conducted safety reviews on the chemical. Also, in prior studies, it has been found in 75% of Americans urine. If that isn’t enough reason to stop using it, then maybe the following will be:
It has two negative effects on fertility; it blocks metabolism from the thyroid hormone and it interferes with the metabolism of estrogen.
And what does all that mean?
Estrogen of course is a vital hormone for conceiving and pregnancy. Often times when the levels are disrupted a woman has a hard time conceiving. Not only that, but when the levels are abnormal the placenta will not be able to supply estrogen to the fetus. Same goes for the thyroid levels.
I know that I don’t want any part of this chemical on me or in me. And it is not just about fertility. Trisolocan studies prove that it affects muscular and heart function as well. Also, when these products get thrown away or washed down the drain, they enter our waterways and spread throughout the environment. So clearly a simple product such as antibacterial soap can cause a lot of damage, not only to our bodies, but to the environment too!
If you missed my first post in this environment series, you can check out BPA’s negative effects here.
For more information or facts on Triclosan, google Triclosan + infertility.