Which common toxin found in the home is an Endocrine Disruptor?

A: Both!

Both Bisphenol A (BPA) and Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) are thought to cause endocrine disruption which can result in an increased incidence of reproductive problems (such as endometriosis, low sperm count and infertility), and an increased risk of some cancers.

BPA is a chemical used to make certain plastics and resins and is often used in containers that are used to store food and beverages, such as water bottles.

DEHP is another chemical used in the manufacture of food packaging, as well as being added to some medical equipment (such as IV tubing and IV bags), and children’s products (like teething rings or dolls). It can even be found in raincoats or plastic shoes.