Toxic Levels of Fluoride May Affect Reproductive Health
The evidence is not conclusive, but some research suggests that exposure to high levels of fluoride may be associated with reproductive health problems, including decreased fertility. These risks are primarily a concern in areas with naturally high levels of fluoride in the environment. There are several ways that fluoride may impact reproductive health. First, excessive levels of the chemical may district hormone production in the thyroid, including hormones related to fertility and pregnancy. Some studies have found that women who are chronically exposed to fluoride have abnormal levels of menstrual cycle-regulating hormones. Another study found that babies. A study published last year found evidence that women who were exposed to high levels of fluoride in drinking water during pregnancy were more likely to have babies with low birth weights.