BPA May Be Linked to Greater Risk of a Miscarriage

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical commonly found in food packaging, could increase the risk of miscarriage.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine performed the study.

Dr. Cathy Slusher said the results are too preliminary to cause a lot of concern.

"The reproductive society has not made a statement about it, nor has the American College of OBGYN. I think it's important information. It's definitely important to listen to and glean with everything else that you're doing, but it's not the take home time to throw away everything that you own plastic because it's very preliminary and not definitively tied," said Slusher.

The study took blood samples as researchers studied 115 newly pregnant women with a history of infertility or miscarriage.

Women in the group with the highest BPA levels had an 80 percent greater risk of miscarriage.

To avoid exposure to BPA, avoid cooking or warming your food up in plastic because when it's heated, BPA can leak out.

Slusher said there are risks out there already directly tied to miscarriage risks.

"Miscarriages are known to be increased with cigarette smoking and that is clearly a risk. Excessive caffeine, now we're talking more than 2 cups of coffee or the equivalent a day but excessive caffeine. Excessive alcohol, we've known that those have been tied to it. There are certain medications that are tied to miscarriages," said Slusher.

One of the common ones that she says raises your risk is methotrexate. Prior studies have also suggested that egg or chromosome problems could lead to higher risks of a miscarriage.

Slusher said that if you are trying to get pregnant, consult your doctor about medications you are taking as well as lifestyle habits.

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