As if bisphenol-A (BPA) did not have enough studies linking it to a mountain of adverse side effects, researchers at the University of Cincinnati associated the chemical to affecting reproductive capabilities in mammals.
As part of a study, university researchers exposed mice to different doses of BPA in their food before comparing them to mice that did not have the chemical in their food.
The purpose of the study was actually to compare “appropriate concentrations of dietary estogenic chemicals to allow reproduction-- not to determine whether BPA has specific effects on reproduction or fertility,” according ScienceDaily.
The study, published in the Journal of Reproductive Toxicology, showed that the mice had an increased risk of developing pyometra, or inflammation and infection of the uterus. While the study found that the inflammation was most common in animals such as cats and dogs, it was also found to affect humans. This is due to a result of structural and hormonal changes in the uterus lining and can be fatal if left untreated.
The results of the study come as a heated debate rages among lawmakers whether or not to ban BPA in food packaging.