A recent survey
of over 2500 practicing members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) found that U.S. obstetricians widely recognized the impact of the environment on reproductive health, but lacked training, time, and tools to take action to prevent harmful exposures.
Use the resources on this page to help you:
Tools to Talk to Your Patients
Reproductive healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to help prevent exposures to environmental chemicals. Preconception and prenatal visits provide a key time to talk about environmental exposures with patients. Use these evidence-based resources to start the conversation.
- Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
Clinical environmental health experts from the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health. This group consults with health care providers on prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of environmentally related health effects in patients. They also develop educational materials and training for clinicians on environmental health topics.
Professional Organizations Highlight Reproductive and Developmental Impacts
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee Opinion, Exposure to Toxic Environmental Agents (2013)
Reviews scientific evidence that preconception and prenatal exposure to toxic environmental agents impairs reproductive health across the life-course.
- International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Opinion on Reproductive Health Impacts of Exposure to Toxic Environmental Chemicals (2015) (PDF)
Reviews evidence linking prenatal exposure to toxic chemicals to poor reproductive and developmental health outcomes like low birth weight, congenital malformations, impaired cognitive and neurodevelopment, and cancer.
- The Endocrine Society's Statement on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (2015)
Reviews endocrine-disrupting chemicals and scientific evidence showing how they contribute to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, impaired reproduction, hormone-sensitive cancers, prostate and thyroid abnormalities, and impairments in neurodevelopment.
- Environmental Impacts on Reproductive Health, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (2010) (PDF)
Includes case studies and evidence-based messages for counseling patients on pesticides, methyl mercury, chemical exposures in the workplace, bisphenol A and other chemicals in plastic.
Washington State Department of Health
- Environmental Chemicals in Children
Summarizes emerging evidence that environmental chemicals may contribute to a number of childhood diseases and conditions.
- Protect Kids From Toxics, brochure
Provides information on how to protect children from toxic chemicals in homes, foods and consumer products. Topics include how to keep toxics out of your environment, your home, your yard, your body and your child's body. Available in English, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.
- Healthy Home: Keep you and your family safe and healthy in your home, brochure (PDF)
Covers indoor air quality, lead hazards, product safety, unintentional injuries, asthma, allergens, and irritants. Available in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF), Russian and Vietnamese.