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Video: Air Pollution Affects Female Hormones And The Menstrual Cycle
Air pollution and climate change: two extremely controversial subjects that have a 100% negative influence on human health in general. Cardiovascular, respiratory and chronic diseases… exposure to polluted air hides many risks for the human organism and can worsen the condition of people who are already sick. And in this context, a rather interesting new discovery was made by Inserm researchers. They were able to establish a link between air pollution and female hormones. What is it exactly?
Air pollution impacts female hormones and disrupts the menstrual cycle
Unfortunately, not all of the health effects of air pollution are known until now. However, thanks to countless scientific researches and volunteers, researchers are progressing little by little in their studies concerning this field which does not cease to sow controversy. Such is the case with a recent discovery that demonstrates a relationship between air pollution and female hormones, which can disrupt the menstrual cycle and thus lead to problems with conception.
Every woman knows the different causes of irregular periods including diet, physical and psychological health, hormones and so on. So it turns out that the environment also plays a major role. In particular, we are talking about fine particles, the inhalation of which can influence not only the blood, heart and brain, but also the reproductive organs. This discovery was made by a scientific team from Inserm, led by Rémy Slama.
184 women, not taking any contraception, participated in the study by providing their urine daily or every other day for a period of a menstrual cycle. The researchers therefore identified the different periods of menstruation and compared the hormonal dosages to the levels of fine particles in the air.
The results show that the follicular phase (from the first day of menstruation to ovulation) lengthens by 0.7 days when the level of particles in the air increases.
Scientists have also found that air pollution also disrupts the transmission of hormonal information between the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the ovaries. However, more in-depth studies will be needed to determine if there is an influence on female fertility.
* Source: Inserm