Home Health Parents News Now BPA Linked to Miscarriage Risk BPA Linked to Miscarriage Risk By Holly Lebowitz Rossi October 14, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_157498535 30579 The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to ''the biological plausibility'' that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, a California biochemist who is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The study was to be presented Monday at the group's annual conference in Boston. Last month, ASRM and an obstetricians group urged more attention to environmental chemicals and their potential hazards for pregnant women. BPA, short for bisphenol-A, and certain other environmental chemicals can have very weak, hormone-like effects. Tests show BPA in nearly everyone's urine, though the chemical has been removed from baby bottles and many reusable drink containers in recent years. The federal Food and Drug Administration says BPA is safe as used now in other food containers. Most miscarriages are due to egg or chromosome problems, and a study in mice suggested BPA might influence that risk, said Dr. Ruth Lathi, a Stanford University reproductive endocrinologist. With a federal grant, she and other researchers studied 115 newly pregnant women with a history of infertility or miscarriage; 68 wound up having miscarriages and 47 had live births. To minimize BPA exposure, avoid cooking or warming food in plastic because heat helps the chemical leak out, she said. Don't leave water bottles in the sun, limit use of canned foods and avoid handling cash register receipts, which often are coated with resins that contain BPA. Image: Food can, via Shutterstock Get our Everything Pregnancy blogger's take on the link between BPA and your miscarriage risk here. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment BPA Linked to Miscarriage Risk Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.