Exposure in Pregnancy to BPA Linked to Ovarian Problems for Offspring

Despite the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) position that the endocrine disrupting industrialized chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is safe, research results to the contrary continue to pour in demonstrating otherwise.  (See: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11).  Previous scientific studies have demonstrated that BPA exposure during pregnancy can adversely affect female reproductive systems. Now, results from a recent study suggests that exposure to BPA during pregnancy can adversely affect ovarian functioning in female offspring. “Ovarian development and function represents a complex coordination of processes, starting early during prenatal development. Early aberrations have the potential to carry throughout the female reproductive lifespan.”  While more research is needed, the recent scientific study suggests that prenatal exposure to the endocrine disrupting chemical BPA can pose a real threat to human ovarian functioning. Examples of how prenatal exposure to BPA may adversely affect ovarian functioning include diseases and disorders in which ovarian dysfunction is a manifestation such as infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome and premature ovarian failure.


Females who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant should avoid exposure to BPA.  Create homemade meals and snacks from fresh, whole ingredients, organic when possible.  Avoid highly processed foods, canned foods and drinks in plastic bottles. Never heat food in plastic containers in the microwave. See our paper here (or our book) to learn all the places BPA is hiding and how to avoid it.

Journal Reference: Hannah Mathew, Shruthi Mahalingaiah. Do Prenatal Exposures Pose a Real Threat to Ovarian Function? BPA as a Case Study. Reproduction, 2019; DOI: 10.1530/REP-17-0734