Dr. SonuBalhara (IVF Specialist) recently attended a one-day workshop, organized by Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA.)
Speaking at the workshop, she shared her views with the participants on “Environmental Pollution and its Health Impact.” Dr. Bhuwan Kumar (assistant professor, disaster management), radiation oncologists, general physicians, and other HIPA members participated in this workshop.
An excellent presentation and the subsequent discussion ensured that the workshop turned out to be a huge success as everyone was able to understand the importance of pollution free environment.
Dr. SonuBalhara mentioned infertility and growing reproductive issue around the world and how the exposure to environmental pollutants are disturbing our sexual health in her presentation.
Here are some highlights of the discussion done on Environmental Pollution and its Health Impact:
- Conventional environmental pollutants which are harmful to human health include herbicides arsenic air contaminants such as carbon monoxide, ozone, the pesticide DDT, etc.
- Environmental contaminants can disrupt or conflict with the physiology of a cell, tissue, or organ.
- Pesticides, including wanted plants, insects, rodents, and molds/fungus and chemicals interfere with fundamental life processes and metabolism, thus harming “non- target” plants, animals and people.
- Common air pollutants include carbon monoxide, lead, ground-level ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide which affect the entire population living in urban areas.
Effects of Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
- In women, it leads to–
- Premature ovarian failure
- Malformed reproductive organs
- Uterine fibroids
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Premature menopause
- In men, it has been associated with –
- Undescended testes(cryptorchidism),
- Malformed reproductive organs (hypospadias)
- Decreased sperm
- quality or quantity of sperm
The consequences of exposure to reproductive toxicants that can be seen in both males and females’health now-a-days, were main things which were discussed during the workshop.
The purpose of the workshop was to inform and spread awareness as to how the pollutants that surround us not only affect us physically but also cause reproduction issues.