General Information about Reproductive Health

Where you work, how you work, and what you work with can affect your reproductive health or your family’s health.

  • You can carry chemicals home on your skin, hair, clothes, and shoes. Some of these can harm the health of children and other people in your household.
  • Many chemicals in the workplace haven’t been tested to see if they can cause reproductive problems.
  • Laws for workplace safety and health don’t always protect your reproductive health and the health of your family.
  • Men: Your sexual function, sperm, or semen can be affected by workplace hazards. Some chemicals can concentrate in semen.
  • Women: If you are exposed to hazards at work and are pregnant or breast feeding, your baby can be exposed too.

Workplace hazards can lead to certain reproductive health problems, such as:

  • Reduced fertility or infertility
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Menstrual cycle and ovulatory disorders
  • Women’s health problems linked to sex hormone imbalance
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Babies born too soon or too small
  • Birth defects
  • Child developmental disorders