You roll out of bed, head to the bathroom, do a quick assessment of your stubble, yawn, grab your toothbrush, toothpaste, and Crest Pro-Health Rinse, and go to town on your pearly whites. You hop in the shower, hop out of the shower, towel off, get changed, walk past the local reservoir, accidentally step in a questionable looking puddle, then arrive at work.
What did you do wrong? If you thought it was the reservoir or puddle part, you are wrong as those were misdirections. You went wrong with the mouthwash because it has a chemical that might just be hurting your fertility.
(You also went wrong because you skipped breakfast, the perfect opportunity to eat one of these 12 superfoods perfect for dudes.)
Parabens, chemicals used as preservatives in personal grooming products, are the culprits. A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has found a link between the common chemicals and lower sperm concentrations and a higher rate of sperm mutation.
Study researchers gathered sperm and urine samples from 325 men with regular sperm concentrations at an infertility clinic in Poland. Men who had higher concentrations of parabens in their urine were more likely to have abnormally shaped and slower moving sperm.
The five parabens tested for were butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, isobutylparaben, and propylparaben, all common additives in toothpaste, shampoos, lotions, and sunscreens.
Certain companies, like Colgate, have stopped using parabens in their toothpaste, but the use of these chemicals are still incredibly common in many other products. Avoid the parabens, and check out theses seven other men’s health tips and you’ll be on the right path.