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The Environment’s Role in Infertility

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The Environment’s Role in Infertility

June 23, 2015

Expert: Russ Hauser, M.D.

About 10 to 15 percent of couples experience trouble getting pregnant. In this podcast, hear research insights about the potential relationships between certain environmental chemicals and infertility in both men and women.


Russ Hauser

Russ Hauser, M.D., is the Frederick Lee Hisaw Professor of Reproductive Physiology in the Departments of Environmental Health and Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Hauser’s research interests are in the field of reproductive and developmental epidemiology. His research focuses on the impact of environmental and occupational chemicals on fertility and pregnancy. He is currently conducting an NIH-funded study on the effects of endocrine disruptors, including persistent chlorinated compounds (i.e., polychlorinated biphenyls and DDT/DDE), pesticides, phthalates, and bisphenol A, on male and female reproductive health endpoints.

For More Information

Women’s Health Research at NIEHS
Learn about ongoing research at NIEHS in the area of women’s health, including fertility and reproduction.

Reproductive Health Research at NIEHS
Read about NIEHS-funded studies on reproductive health and find clinical trials and related resources.

Fertility and Infertility and the Environment
Find data and resources on the environment’s impact on fertility and infertility at this website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group
Browse research abstracts, events, and resources for the public on fertility and the environment at this website of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.

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1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015. Fertility and Infertility and the Environment.
2. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2015. National Library of Medicine Medline Plus: Infertility.

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