BPA miscarriage may be two words that shock pregnant women across the U.S., as a brand new study has revealed that the common BPA chemical may increase the odds of miscarriage, and remains a “serious” concern to the public’s health. CBS reports this Monday, Oct. 14, that the common chemical is most often found in food packaging, and could pose a danger to pregnant women who come in contact with it, leading to complications and even miscarriage.
The BPA miscarriage threat was announced in an American Society for the Reproductive Medicine’s yearly Boston meeting this morning. They revealed that women who had high levels of BPA (bisphenol A) from frequent exposure to canned goods, were much more likely to miscarry than those women who had lower levels of the common chemical.
"Many studies on environmental contaminants' impact on reproductive capacity have been focused on infertility patients and it is clear that high levels of exposure affect them negatively," confirmed Dr. Linda Giudice, president of ASRM, said in a recent statement. "These studies extend our observations to the general population and show that these chemicals are a cause for concern to all of us.”
This cause for concern regarding BPA and miscarriage is heightened due to the ubiquity of BPA, being found in everything from line cans in order to help deter corrosion to plastic bottles, tableware containers, packaging items, and food storage boxes. The chemical is often called by medical experts as a “hormone-disrupting chemical,” as it can lead to other health risks like diabetes, obesity, and fertility issues. The subtle yet dangerous chemical therefore increases the odds of other serious health problems as well.
The chemical is currently banned in Canada, and bisphenol A is similarly not allowed in the European Union, but remains legal here in the U.S. Although it was banned nationally in 2012 on baby bottles and similar products for young children, the BPA miscarriage scare can still affect pregnant women due to the chemical not being disbarred outright for adults in the nation (it was found by the FDA to not pose too great a risk in trace amounts for complete removal).
According to the recent study, 114 women in the most early stages of pregnancy had their health histories tracked and recorded, with blood tests taken. Those women were then tested based on their blood levels of BPA, and in the coming months, the women who had a miscarriage notably carried much higher BPA levels on the whole versus women who achieved live births. As much as an 80 percent increased risk and odds of miscarriage were linked between the BPA blood levels and miscarriage propensity, concluded the report.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine hopes to continue investigating the health risks that BPA may expose to pregnant women and the public at large.