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Environmental Contaminants and Fertility

The growing trend in a range of infertility problems has caused a number of scientists, health care professionals, and advocates to take a closer look at the relationship between environmental contaminants and fertility. In late February 2005, at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center in California, the Fertility/Early Pregnancy Compromise Work Group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) and the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Women’s Health hosted Understanding Environmental Contaminants and Human Fertility Compromise: Science and Strategy.

The gathering was the first time women’s health and reproductive rights advocates met with researchers in reproductive epidemiology, biology, toxicology and clinical medicine to assess the state of environmental health science in relation to human infertility. The outcome document, known as the Vallombrosa Consensus Statement, outlines what we know, what we think we know and what we want to know more about when it comes to the links between environmental contaminants and human fertility.

RHTP has long been committed to disseminating available information and resources that will help individuals plan for healthy pregnancies and healthy families and serve as the basis of RHTP’s proactive agenda.
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Below are links to materials summarizing the emerging science and its implication for reproductive health.

Hormone Disruptors and Women's Health: Reasons for Concern

Shaping Our Legacy:  Reproductive Health and the Environment

Challenged Conceptions: Environmental Chemicals and Fertility

Vallombrosa Consensus Statement

Workshop Participant List

Chemical Policy Reform Update

Press Release: RHTP Calls for “Robust Chemical Policy Reform”

Press Release: Why the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Is Insufficient to Protect Reproductive Health
RHTP Opposes Proposed Bill on Chemical Policy Reform for Failing to Sufficiently Protect Reproductive Health

RHTP Agrees Condoms Do Not Cause Cancer and Has Never Stated Otherwise

Frequently Asked Questions: Condoms and Nitrosamines
Making a Good Thing Even Better: Removing Nitrosamines
from Condoms

Creating a Climate for Change: The EARTH Kit
Exploring the links between environmental and reproductive health & justice.
Student Activism & Advocacy Toolkit
Are you a student or young person interested in advocating for chemical policy reform and educating your campus about the link between toxic chemicals and reproductive health? The Toxic Zombie activism toolkit is the perfect guide for you!
Trojan Horse: The Chemicals in Commerce Act
A factsheet about the Chemicals In Commerce Act, reproductive health and real reform.
Summer Symposium: Sunscreen & Sexual Health
A factsheet produced in collaboration with the Sierra Club Global Population & Environment Program
Reproductive Health & the Chemicals Safety Improvement Act 101
A memo to reproductive health, rights and justice advocates about why chemical policy reform is critical for reproductive health and how the Chemicals Safety Improvement Act sizes up.
Chemical Injustice: the Unequal Burden of Toxic Chemicals on Women of Color and Low-income Families
New factsheet from RHTP and NLIRH.
Chemical Policy Reform and Protecting Reproductive Health
Learn more about why the Toxic Substances Control Act needs to be updated to protect reproductive health.
Toxic Chemicals and Male Reproductive Health
Find out more about how toxic chemicals are impacting men's reproductive health
Fertile Grounds: Reproductive Health and National Chemical Policy Reform
Check out our fact sheet on reproductive health and chemical reform
Is there estrogen from birth control in my water?
Find more resources and a new study by UCSF researchers
RHTP Supports the Campaign for Safer Cosmetics
RHTP Environmental Health Legislative Proposals
This document outlines key environmental health proposals that relate to reproductive health and fertility.

Environmental and Reproductive Health- A Unique Opportunity.
Read RHTP's working paper on the links between reproductive health and environmental health.

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