Women With PCOS Have Higher BPA Blood Levels, Study Finds
Women with the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common hormone imbalance in women of reproductive age, may be more vulnerable to exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), found in many plastic household items. A recent study has shown that as the BPA blood level increased, so did the concentrations of the male sex hormone testosterone and androstenedione.
Although BPA is a weak oestrogen, excessive secretion of androgens, as seen in PCOS, interfere with BPA detoxification by the liver, leading to accumulation of blood levels of BPA. Women with PCOS should be alert regarding this environmental contaminant’s potential adverse effects on reproductive aspects of their health problem.
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