Plastic Chemicals Linked to Earlier Menopause

AFP, January 28, 2015

plastic water bottlesWomen whose bodies contained high levels of certain chemicals found in plastics and cosmetics experienced menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower amounts in their systems, US researchers said Wednesday.

While the study in the journal PLOS ONE did not prove that the chemical exposures caused earlier menopause, study authors said the associations they uncovered merit further research.

“Chemicals linked to earlier menopause may lead to an early decline in ovarian function, and our results suggest we as a society should be concerned,” said senior author Amber Cooper, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine.

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