BPA is a Reproductive Health Hazard: listen to Desi Doyen from Green News Report

BPA affects male sex hormones? Weak concentrations of bisphenol A are sufficient to produce a negative reaction on the human testicle

After explaining what is BPA and where is it used, and reviewing what does the latest science says in two videos by Risk Bites, let’s see how BPA affects male sex hormones…

In a lab test, BPA was shown to a have a surprising negative impact on mens’ testicles, even if they weren’t the one who consumed the BPA.
Now, it’s being labeled a reproductive health hazard. Full study report on PlosOne DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051579 Dec 2012.
The Young Turks channel host John Iadarola welcomes Desi Doyen from Green News Report, video published on 26 Jan 2013.

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Women’s Reproductive Health Concerns and UnKnowns

Many women are still unaware of fertility issues

The science of baby-making still a mystery for many women
The science of baby-making still a mystery for many women.

A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers – published in the last issue of Fertility and Sterility – provides insight into how much women of reproductive age in the United States know about reproductive health.

Some of women’s biggest questions about fertility and reproduction:

  • Does having sex more than once a day increase chances of conception?
  • Will specific sexual positions or elevating the pelvis after intercourse make you more likely to become pregnant?
  • Does intercourse need to occur before or after ovulation to optimize conception?
  • Do women keep producing eggs throughout their reproductive years?

Among the findings were:

  • 50% of reproductive-age women had never discussed their reproductive health with a medical provider.
  • 30% of the women reported that they only visited a reproductive health provider less than once a year or not at all.
  • 40% were concerned about their ability to conceive.
  • 50% did not know that multivitamins and folic acid were prescribed to prevent birth defects.
  • More than 25% did not know about the negative effects of sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, smoking or irregular periods.
  • 20% did not know that aging can impact fertility and increase rates of miscarriage.
  • 50% of the women thought that having sex multiple times in a day increased their likelihood of getting pregnant.
  • Over 33% of women thought that different sex positions can increase their odds of getting pregnant.
  • 10% did not know that they should have sex before ovulation to increase the chances of getting pregnant instead of after ovulation.

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Sadly for many DES daughters having their own children is not possible! Many of us who have experienced miscarriages, want to have kids but are struggling or unable to…

NEW Global DES Health Survey gives a Voice to “Wonder Drug” Victims

DES Action Health History Survey

DES Action Australia-NSW Media Alert

Are you one of the 740,000 Australians at risk?

New global health survey gives a voice to those suffering effects of ‘wonder drug’ that devastated generations

Australians are being encouraged to take part in a landmark global health survey to help reveal the true impact of exposure to the anti-miscarriage drug, DES for DES Awareness Week (June 1 – 7). It is estimated up to 740,000 Australians are have been exposed to the drug, which was prescribed from 1940 – 1970 across the country.

“If you know, or even suspect that you, your mother or grandmother might have taken this drug – this is your chance to be part of a survey that will reveal what the real health impacts this drug has had on three generations of families,” says Carol Devine, DES Action Australia-NSW coordinator, herself a DES daughter.

The survey, by DES Action USA, will give Australians the opportunity to speak out about the health impact of their exposure, which includes cancer of the vagina, cervix or breast, birth complications and infertility.

Mrs Devine is hoping the survey will help answer many of the health questions plaguing the DES community.

“Our organisation has fielded hundreds of enquiries in response to DES Awareness Weeks from right across Australia and often we are asked if a particular health problem might be related to DES exposure and often the answer is – no one knows. By working with researchers in the USA we will be able to get some real answers, and know the proper healthcare to detect these conditions earlier and potentially save lives “says Devine.

Touted a “wonder drug” in its time, DES was prescribed to pregnant women between 1940 and 1971 (and sometimes beyond). It is now known to increase the risk of certain cancers and reproductive problems in those women prescribed DES and their children of that pregnancy.

Dr Jules Black, DES knowledgeable obstetrician and gynaecologist and medical spokesperson for the DES Action group in NSW, is urging women and men who may be DES exposed to be vigilant with their reproductive health – and take action.

“It is vital that people affected get the specialised health care they need. It is important that DES exposed women get the proper screenings to detect cancers early and women exposed to DES in the womb have “high risk” care for their pregnancies. Men exposed to DES in the womb, with increased risk of genital abnormalities, should do regular testicular self-checks and report anything unusual to a doctor, such as fertility or urogenital problems” he says.

June 15 is the deadline for this survey and Australians affected by DES can participate online at DES Action USA

There are many people affected by DES who may not be aware of the harm caused by DES and the health care they need. More information is available at DES Action Australia-NSW or by contacting them 02.98754820.

HEALTH CHECK LIST: If you tick ‘yes’ next to any of the following, ask your doctor about possible exposure to DES:

ü  Does your mother recall having previous miscarriages or being prescribed medications while pregnant? DES was most commonly prescribed to prevent miscarriage and for pregnancy complications such as bleeding. It was also known as “stilboestrol”.

ü  If unable to ask your mother, does your health history show a series of reproductive problems such as cancer, infertility, or miscarriages?

ü  Does your mother remember only being given “hormones” during pregnancy? It is worthwhile having a check-up, informing the doctor your mother was given hormones during pregnancy. Progesterone, another hormone, may have also been used to prevent miscarriage and research has shown no problems with this.


For more information, please contact:

DES Action Australia-NSW

DES Action USA