Study: High BPA Linked to Sex Problems in Men
Men Exposed to High Levels of the Chemical Reported Erection Problems, Lower Sex Drive
Consumer BPA Risk Debated
But Kathy Gerwig, Kaiser Permanente vice president for workplace safety and environmental stewardship officer, says because it is not clear what constitutes a safe level of exposure to the chemical, consumers should seek products that are BPA-free.
“More research is definitely needed to explore the effects of BPA at lower levels, but it is certainly concerning that at the occupational levels reported in this study there is now evidence that PBA has harmful effects on the male reproductive system,” she tells WebMD.
Last spring, the six largest manufacturers of baby bottles announced they would stop making bottles containing BPA for sale in the United States.
And more and more of those rigid reusable plastic water bottles sold in stores are now made without BPA and have labels telling consumers this.
But there is little way of knowing if the canned foods you buy contain BPA in their linings because few manufacturers say so on the labels.
Gerwig expects that to change as more consumers demand BPA-free products.
American Chemical Council spokesman Steve Hentges, PhD, tells WebMD the new study has little relevance to the public at large because BPA levels among the exposed workers were so much higher than normal.
He points out that the study was relatively small, with just 230 occupationally exposed and 404 unexposed workers, and it relied on self-reported observations of sexual dysfunction.
“It is interesting information, but is of little relevance to the average consumer using products with trace levels of BPA,” he says. “Based on the findings of the many government agencies that have examined the science, there is a consensus that BPA poses little risk to human health at these levels.”