This book reviews recent trends and developments in the study of the impact that the environment has on human reproduction. It thoroughly examines these issues, using the most modern techniques and methods available, to analyze the manner in which both male and female fertility can be affected and assessed. Coverage examines such diverse factors as toxic environmental contaminants, air pollution, and exposure to medical drugs.
Table of ContentsPreface.- Acknowledgments.- List of Contributors.- List of Figures.- List of Tables.- Introduction: Environmental Impact on Reproductive Health, Recent Trends and Developments.
Section 1: The Link Between Reproductive Health and Environment. Epidemiological Studies on the Relationship between Semen Quality and Environmental Chemicals: Historic and Contemporary Compounds. Environment and Fertility.
Section 2: Reproductive Health Effects. Male Reproductive Status and its Relationship with Man-Made, Hormone-Disrupting Substances: Studies In Flanders, Belgium.- Potential Impact of the Environment on the Male Reproductive Function: The Example Of Cryptorchidism.- Advanced Glycation End Products in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.- Oocytes and Ovarian Follicles as Targets of Endocrine Disrupters: Consequences for Reproductive Health.-
Section 3: Pollutants And Exposure. Non-Pesticide Endocrine Disrupters and Reproductive Health.-Medical Drugs Impairing Fertility.- Impact of Air Pollution on Reproductive Health in Northern Bohemia.-
Section 4: Policy Instruments And Issues. Pesticides as Endocrine Disrupters: Identification of Hazards for Female Reproductive Function.- Assessment of Fertility and Other Health Impacts for Selected Pollutants in Flanders: Opportunities and Limitations.- Problems in Assessing Low Dose Effects of Endocrine Disrupters.- Getting the Message Across – WWF’s and ISDE’s Perspectives on Communication Strategies to Reduce Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals.- Environmental Ethics and Fertility in Early Cultures and The Industrial Age.-
Section 5: Regional Aspects. Reproductive Health Problems in the Greater Athens Area.-Environment and Reproductive Health in Bulgaria.- List of Abbreviations.- List of Units.- Index