Male workers who have been exposed to Bisohenol-A (BPA) at work have a much higher chance of suffering erectile difficulties - news which may interest those researching infertility treatment or sexual health advice.
According to a five year study carried out by Kaiser Permanente, those who have worked in an environment with BPA four times as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and seven times as likely to have difficulty ejaculating.
The conclusion was reached after studying 634 Chinese workers and comparing the results of those who worked in such a factory to those who did not.
It is the first time that BPA has been proven to have a detrimental effect on the human male's reproductive system.
The chemical is made in the production of certain plastics and epoxy resins commonly found in food containers and baby bottles.
Lead author De-Dun Li explained that more research has to be done into the effects of low-level exposure as this study only examined high-level contact.
"This study raises the question - 'Is there a safe level for BPA exposure, and what is that level?' More studies like this … are critically needed to help establish prevention strategies and regulatory policies," Dr De-Dun said.
Meanwhile, a study recently published in the journal European Urology has linked male infertility with comorbidities.