The chemical BPA’s miscarriage risk has been examined in a new study, with a result that may alarm pregnant women and families planning new additions in coming years.
The BPA miscarriage risk study data was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual meeting in Boston, and the results were compelling.
Exposure to BPA was linked to a higher risk of miscarriage, and low levels of exposure appeared to correlate with far lower rates of pregnancy loss in women participating in the study.
High blood levels of BPA, or bisphenol A — commonly found, among other places, in food packaging — seemed to link to as much as an 80 percent increase in miscarriage risk over women with lower BPA levels.
ASRM president Dr. Linda Giudice said of the findings on BPA’s miscarriage risk:
“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. These studies extend our observations to the general population and show that these chemicals are a cause for concern to all of us.”
The “hormone-disrupting chemical” is banned in many baby products in the US, and is further banned in Europe and Canada because of its link to “reproductive problems, neurodevelopmental delays, diabetes and obesity.”
The FDA has stopped short of a complete BPA ban, saying that research “does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.”
The BPA miscarriage study involved 114 women, and in response to its presentation Monday, the American Chemistry Council industry group said in a statement:
“This appears to be a small scale study that cannot establish any cause-and-effect relationship. The weight of scientific evidence on BPA has been extensively evaluated by government and scientific bodies around the world, which have declared the chemical safe as used in food contact.”
One possible reason suggested for the BPA miscarriage risk seemingly evidenced by the small study was a second risk factor common among women exposed to BPA.