Study: Sunscreen could be another cause of infertility

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A new study suggests that while sunscreen could protect you from skin cancer, it could also be the culprit behind another condition: infertility. (KTRK)

A new study suggests that while sunscreen could protect you from skin cancer, it could also be the culprit behind another condition: infertility.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that the same filters used in sunscreens to absorb ultraviolet light could be causing health issues such as infertility.

The suspicion arose after researchers tested 29 of the 31 UV filters, known as endocrine disruptors, approved for use in the United States and Europe. They applied these filters to sperm samples provided by healthy volunteers and found that almost half of them stopped sperm from functioning properly.

Other experts say more analysis needs to be conducted on the effects of sunscreen on sperm before anyone should decide to stop applying sunscreen because the "risks of skin cancer are far better understood."

Alcohol, smoking, drug use and obesity are other contributing factors to infertility.

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