UMass Research Tells Dad-To-Be to Avoid Plastic Wrap, Mac & Cheese, Cologne

September 2017

We’ve all been told that expectant mothers should avoid alcohol and smoking during, and preferably before, pregnancy. Well, what about expectant fathers?

UMass Amherst professor Rick Pilsner and other researchers teamed up with the in vitro fertilization clinic at Baystate Medical Center. They took urine samples from men on the same day their sperm was collected.

Pilsner told us they found significant amounts of phthalates, which are known to affect sperm quality and possible early life development.

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