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Your Environment. Your Health.

Reproductive System Disorders

Program Leads

Lisa Helbling Chadwick
Lisa Helbling Chadwick, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
P.O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Tel (850) 727-7218
Fax (301) 451-5392
chadwickl@niehs.nih.gov
Caroline Dilworth, Ph.D.
Caroline Dilworth, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
P.O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Tel (919) 541-7727
Fax (919) 316-4606
dilworthch@niehs.nih.gov
Kimberly Ann Gray
Kimberly Ann Gray, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
P.O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
Tel (919) 541-0293
Fax (919) 316-4606
gray6@niehs.nih.gov
Jerrold Heindel
Jerrold (Jerry) Heindel, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
P.O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Tel (919) 541-0781
Fax (919) 541-0462
heindelj@niehs.nih.gov
Kimberly A. McAllister, Ph.D.
Kimberly A. McAllister, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel (919) 541-4528
Fax (919) 316-4606
mcallis2@niehs.nih.gov

 

Program Description

 

Exposure to environmental pollutants can lead to diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect the function of male and female reproductive systems. These problems can occur at any stage in life and include birth defects of the reproductive system, pregnancy complications, early puberty, developmental disorders, low birth weight, preterm birth, reduced fertility, impotence, and menstrual disorders.

 

The effects of some environmental exposures on reproductive health problems are well studied. For example, lead exposure is associated with reduced fertility in men and women. In addition, evidence suggests that exposure to endocrine disruptors might contribute to problems with fertility, pregnancy, and other aspects of reproduction.

 

What NIEHS is doing

 

NIEHS supports research that is developing a fuller understanding of the relationship between exposures and risk of reproductive health problems. For example, grantees are studying the effects of arsenic exposure on birth outcomes; ties between dioxin exposure and endometriosis; and the role endocrine disruptors might play in sperm chromosomal abnormalities.  

 

For additional information on what NIEHS grantees are doing, visit our Who We Fund tool.

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