Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health examined associations between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and reproductive outcomes in women. PFRs are used in polyurethane foam in many products, including upholstered furniture, gym mats, and even some baby products.

The study, conducted at the Fertility Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that women with higher urinary concentrations of this flame retardant had a reduced likelihood of a clinical pregnancy and live birth than those women with lower concentrations.

According to first author Courtney Carignan:

“These findings suggest that exposure to PFRs may be one of many risk factors for lower reproductive success”

Read more about this study, here:

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