According to Mt. Sinai, Phthalates are a type of ED, which are found in personal care products, vinyl shower curtains, and fragrances. Research suggests that exposure can lead to problems in reproductive
development, poor sperm quality, and infertility.
To avoid exposure, pick fragrance-free products and choose plastics with the recycling code #1, 2 or 5. You can also identify Phthalates by looking for their chemical names in ingredients:
- DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate)
- DEHP (di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate)
- BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate)
- DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
Take the time to read the labels on products purchased for babies and children. Many products that are marketed as "safe" for babies list fragrance as an ingredient. Fragrance often contains Phthalates.