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Steer Clear of Heavy Metals

While the link between heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, and negative health effects is well-established, men and women who are exposed to these substances while they’re trying to conceive should be extra vigilant. Lead and mercury exposure has been linked to miscarriage, impotence, and reduced fertility in women, as well as lower sperm counts and decreased libido in men. If you or your partner is exposed to harmful chemicals in the workplace, the best option is to remove yourself from jobs where you come into contact with the substances. If that isn’t possible, make sure you’re protected by using gloves, masks, gowns, and other barriers