Manicures and Martinis - What an Event!
See what Denver’s Channel 7 News had to say about Manicures and Martinis - Fertility Talk Goes To Nail Salons.
Manicures and Martinis was an event that took place May 11, 2009 at Fingers and Toes, A Nail Retreat. This event was open to women who were interested in learning more about fertility and infertility. And who would turn down free manicures and martinis at one of the newest, hippest nail salons in Denver?
This event was sponsored by The American Fertility Association and Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado. Mark Bush, M.D., Bruce Albrect, M.D., and Michael Swanson, M.D. were on hand to share their vast knowledge and answer questions from the women who attended.
The evening was very laid back and relaxed. Manicures were provided free of charge to the women who attended along with Cosmo Martinis and Fertilitinis for those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks. The question and answer session began a little after 6:30pm and lasted until 8:00pm when the three doctors were willing to answer questions one on one. With a group of about 25 young, professional women the discussion went from knowing what a woman can do to increase her changes of becoming pregnant to the harsh reality that a woman’s peak fertility is between the ages of 20-23. Since the majority of the women in the room were past 23, these three doctors shared what can be done to increase the changes of having a child without invasive procedures.
So what are some simple things a woman can do if she is trying to become pregnant? Well the doctors said to think about what you put on your body as well as what you put in your body. In the most recent PamperYourselfDenver.com newsletter we discussed this very same issue. Phthalates are something a woman trying to have kids is encouraged to avoid.
What are Phthalates? Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are produced in the millions of tons annually worldwide, and are a principal component of many diverse products that consumers come into contact with at home, work, and in hospitals. They include PVC plastic, cosmetics and other personal care products, pesticides, building materials, lubricants, adhesives, film, children’s plastic toys, flooring, wall coverings, medical products, and more.
DBP, DEP, DEHP, BBzP, DMP are commonly used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products. Recent testing identified these phthalates in some hair spray, hair gel, hand and body lotions, fragrances, and deodorants. Many nail polishes also have high quantities of DBP. Unfortunately, labeling requirements are sufficiently lax so that it is extraordinarily difficult to identify phthalate-containing products.
Health effects caused by exposure to phthalates differ among the various individual compounds. Young developing organisms are more vulnerable than adults. In particular, the developing male reproductive tract appears to be the most sensitive. A combination of limited human studies and a wealth of animal studies show that phthalates can impair reproduction and development, alter liver and kidney function, damage the heart and lungs, and affect blood clotting. Studies have focused on cancer as a phthalate-related health concern. More information on phthalates can be found at www.safecosmetics.org/
The doctors also discussed the effects of certain STD’s on a woman’s reproductive organs. According to the American Fertility Association, the top four STD’s that affect fertility are Chlamydia, Gonnorrhea, Syphilis, and HPV. Some of these STD’s are silent for a very long time, do your homework, know your sex-partners, protect yourself and make sure you have been checked for all of these STD’s. Some do require a blood test so speak with your OBGYN. If you are not treated properly for an STD, it can cause long term damage to your reproductive organs, limiting your chances for an easy pregnancy.
Another area you can control as a woman, is how much you exercise. The amount of exercise you do on a weekly basis can effect your reproductive health. If you do too much this can interfere with your menstrual cycle. Running is the worst kind of exercise and can cause menstrual cycle problems more often. These doctors have found that a woman who ran more than 8 miles in a week had a harder chance of getting pregnant than a woman who ran less than 8 miles in a week. Make sure to discuss your exercise routine with your doctor if you plan on getting pregnant.
Both the AFA and the doctors at Conceptions encouraged the women at the event to avoid environmental toxins. Specific toxins to avoid are the chemical bisphenol A otherwise known as BPA, benzene, smoking and smokers and avoid plastics with the recycling codes 3 and 7.
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