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.
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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