Air pollution is widely known to affect human cardiopulmonary health, but only recently has research turned to understand the association between air pollution and reproductive health and gynecologic disease incidence.
Initial studies suggest a potential relationship between air pollution and both infertility and menstrual irregularity, but more studies are needed to validate these findings in other populations, according to a report led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers.
The findings appear in the journal Current Epidemiology Reports.
“After examining the limited literature we found early and preliminary data between air pollution and both infertility and menstrual irregularity,” says corresponding author Dr. Shruthi Mahalingaiah, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine and of epidemiology at BUSPH. “However, given the sparse amount of research, it is imperative that these findings be further explored.”