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Environmental Impact on Reproductive Health (EIRH) researchers explore the effects of environment, diet, and stress on reproductive health and fertility

Exposure to dangers in the environment, especially during pregnancy, can have long-lasting and devastating health impacts on maternal and child health. There is growing concern that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), widely used in plastics and personal care products, are a contributor to reproductive disorders and infertility. Evidence also suggests that stress and diets high in saturated fats also led to impaired reproductive function, as well as maternal obesity. Research within the Environmental Impact on Reproductive Health (EIRH) theme aims to address how exposure to EDCs, high fat diets, and stress impacts pregnancy outcomes and reproductive health.