Xenohormones: One of the Root Causes of Hormone Imbalance 


God created the female reproductive system, which is a complex design. There is no magic pill that will solve all of your fertility issues. The first step is to arm yourself with knowledge that will allow you to identify the root cause of your problem. Have you ever heard of the term Xenohormones? If you haven’t heard, xenohormones are artificial substances that are foreign to the body and have a hormone like effect. Unfortunately, Xenohormones may be interfering with your fertility because they have an estrogenic effect on the human body, resulting in estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. These toxic substances are easily absorbed by the skin and accumulate over time.

We are constantly exposed to xenohormones. However, if you are aware of what they are, you can easily avoid them and the products that contain them. Xenohormones are hormone disruptors that can lead to infertility and hormonal imbalances.

Xenohormones have an estrogenic effect because they bind to estrogen receptor sites and cause the estrogenic action to be activated. They promote the development of extra estrogen receptor sites and Inhibit the liver’s ability to excrete estrogens.

Some of the chemicals that are xenoestrogens are as follows:

  • Skincare:
    • Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben commonly used as a preservative)
    • 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) (sunscreen lotions)
    • Benzophenone (sunscreen lotions)
  • Industrial products and Plastics:
    • Bisphenol A (monomer for polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin; antioxidant in plasticizers)
    • Phthalates (plasticizers)
    • DEHP (plasticizer for PVC)
    • Polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) (flame retardants used in plastics, foams, building materials, electronics, furnishings, motor vehicles).
    • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Food:
    • Erythrosine / FD&C Red No. 3
    • Phenosulfothiazine (a red dye)
    • Butylated hydroxyanisole / BHA (food preservative)
  • Building supplies:
    • Pentachlorophenol (general biocide and wood preservative)
    • Polychlorinated biphenyls / PCBs (in electrical oils, lubricants, adhesives, paints)
  • Insecticides:
    • Atrazine (weed killer)
    • DDT (insecticide, banned)
    • Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (one of the breakdown products of DDT)
    • Dieldrin (insecticide)
    • Endosulfan (insecticide)
    • Heptachlor (insecticide)
    • Lindane / hexachlorocyclohexane (insecticide, used to treat lice and scabies)
    • Methoxychlor (insecticide)
    • Fenthion
    • Nonylphenol and derivatives (industrial surfactants; emulsifiers for emulsion polymerization; laboratory detergents; pesticides)
    • Other:
      • Propyl gallate
  • Chlorine and chlorine by-products
  • Ethinylestradiol (combined oral contraceptive pill)
  • Metalloestrogens (a class of inorganic xenoestrogens)
  • Alkylphenol (surfactant used in cleaning detergents

What you could do

  • Eliminate the use of all pesticides, bug sprays, and lawn sprays. Instead, use organic lawn and garden treatments, as well as natural bug sprays made with essential oils.
  • Avoid contact with solvents, plastics, cosmetics, and soaps containing petrochemical based emulsifiers, also known as mineral oil.
  • Consume organic foods, particularly meats, dairy, and coffee.
  • Do not microwave food wrapped in plastic. This will cause the xenohormones to be released into your food.
  • Avoid using mineral oil products on your skin. Mineral oil is derived from crude oil (the same material used to make motor oil, gasoline, and plastics) and is similar to putting plastic on your skin.
  • No longer wear polyester.
  • When building a house, avoid using air fresheners, fabric softeners, or fake wood paneling. A healthy alternative would be to use essential oil-based air fresheners.
  • Make use of natural feminine hygiene products. Rayon, polyester, propylene, polyethylene, and fiber finishes are all used in feminine care products.
  • No longer wear polyester clothing (it is made out of plastic).
  • Stay away from all synthetic sex hormones.
  • Avoid using spermicide.
Chinonso Anyaehie

Chinonso Anyaehie

Natural Fertility Expert & Educator