Occupational Exposures and Reproduction: Site and Mechanism of Adverse Effects,
NATIONAL INST OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT BETHESDA MD
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In addition to potential adverse effects on health, working may impact on the fertility of men or women, or alter the course of pregnancy. Adverse effects on reproduction may occur either as a result of exposure to a toxic chemical or the effect of physical exertion on the reproductive processes. Because reproduction is such a crucial process for humankind in general, and for the individual in particular, and because work is essential, it is important that we develop a comprehensive understanding of the effects of work either inside or outside of the home on fertility and reproductive performance is essential because just as there are occupations or exposures which may impair reproduction, there will also be occupations and exposure which have no effect on reproductive function.