sunscreenThroughout our lives, we’ve all been taught the importance of wearing sunscreen and the health risks involved, such as skin cancer, if we don’t wear it. But while it’s important to protect your skin from damage from the sun, a new study has come out that shows it might be doing more than protecting us.

A recent study done by the National Institute of Health shows that certain chemicals in sunscreen used to protect against ultraviolet rays may harm a man’s fertility. In the study, known as the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment, 501 couples were followed for a year or up until the time they achieved pregnancy.

What researchers found was that men with higher levels of the UV filters BP-2 or 4OH-BP,  two UV filter chemicals found commonly in sunblock, sunscreens, moisturizers and shampoos, had a 30% reduction in fecundity found in their urine. Fecundity being the biological ability and the amount of time that it takes to reproduce.

The study concludes with the fact that sunscreen is still very important for sun protection, and these researchers still encourage its use to avoid skin cancer. But they do suggest that men who are trying to conceive try to cut back on other products that contain UV filters, or wash the sunscreen off after returning indoors.

Just to reiterate, sunscreen is still extremely in protecting your skin, and even the researchers of the study suggest simply washing it off once you’re out of the sun. It’s also important to remember that this is a preliminary study, and more research will need to be done in order to confirm these findings.

If you’d like to read more about the study and its findings, click here.

The ART Fertility Program of Alabama is located in Birmingham, Alabama with additional locations in Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. The program is led by Dr. Kathryn Honea, Dr. Virginia Houserman and Dr. Chris Allemand who are Board Certified specialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. All are skilled in comprehensive infertility care and offer a complete range of infertility services.

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