A BPA miscarriage study shows that the chemical found in plastic and canned food linings may increase the risk of miscarriage in women who have a record of experiencing them or have problems getting pregnant. USA Today reports Oct. 14 that the research isn't concrete, but it warrants "biological plausibility" that BPA can be a deterrent to fertility and other factors related to health, California biochemist, Linda Giudice said. She's also the president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Research findings on the BPA miscarriage study was revealed Monday at the group's annual conference in Boston. ASMR and group of obstetricians wanted more focus on environmental chemicals and the hazards they pose for pregnant women.
BPA is an acronym for bisphenol-A, and other environmental chemicals that can possess extremely weak, hormone-like effects. BPA was present almost everyone's urine in the tests. The questionable chemical has been removed from baby bottles and from numerous reusable drink containers the last few years. The federal Food and Drug Administration claims BPA is safe and is currently used in other food containers.
A BPA miscarriage study was conducted in mice that raised questions about the chemical having a role in miscarriages. As the report stated, most miscarriages are due to egg or chromosome problems. In a study of 115 women who were newly pregnant had a history of miscarriages, many showed greater risk of of having another one with higher BPA levels, but the research was small. There was a large range of different risks for potentially having a miscarriage not necessarily linked to BPA. Having a higher level of BPA in their system may have been a red flag, however.
More studies need to be conducted on BPA and miscarriage. Suggestions were provided on ways to reduce BPA exposure, such as to avoid cooking or heating food in plastic to prevent the chemical from leaking out. Keep water bottles out of the sun and limit the use of canned foods. Cash register receipts are also another source of BPA because they contain resins of the chemical.