Workplace chemical linked to erectile dysfunction
Monday 16th November, 2009
A common chemical used in for a variety of manufacturing purposed could lead to sexual dysfunction in men, according to new research.
The chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) is used in the production of plastic bottles and the lining of canned goods and millions of workers worldwide are exposed to it on a daily basis.
The study by Chinese researchers looked at factory workers in China who were routinely exposed to BPA. Results showed that they were seven times more likely to report sexual function problems such as erectile dysfunction (ED) compared to men in the same age group who are not exposed to the chemical.
As well as ED, the group also suffered with low sex drive and were seven times more likely to report problems with ejaculation. Researchers noted that they have yet to discover a clear reason for the association and other contributory factors may come into play.