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Female fertility in relation to the consumption of fish contaminated with persistent organochlorine compounds.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12019589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to assess the effect of exposure to presistent organochlorine compounds through the consumption of fatty fish from the Baltic Sea on human fertility. METHODS: Information on time to pregnancy, miscarriages, and subfertility was collected retrospectively by self-administered questionnaires in two cohorts of fishermen's sisters from the Swedish east coast, by the Baltic Sea, and the west coast, where fish are less contaminated. Along with cohort affiliation, fish consumption and growing up in a fishing village or fisherman's family were used as measures of exposure within the eastcoast cohort (ie, the exposed cohort). RESULTS: There was no support for a negative effect of the consumption of fatty Baltic Sea fish on time to pregnancy, miscarriages, or subfertility. On the contrary, some evidence pointed towards a protective effect of fatty fish consumption within both cohorts. CONCLUSIONS: No evidence of reduced fertility was found for women who could be assumed to have a high lifetime consumption of fatty fish contaminated by persistent organochlorine compounds. A possible explanation for this finding is that a positive effect of some of the constituents in fatty fish could be strong enough to disguise the hazardous effects of exposure to persistent organochlorine compounds.
Anna Axmon; Lars Rylander; Ulf Strömberg; Lars Hagmar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0355-3140     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Work Environ Health     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-21     Completed Date:  2002-11-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7511540     Medline TA:  Scand J Work Environ Health     Country:  Finland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  124-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Lund, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Spontaneous / epidemiology*
Fetal Death / epidemiology*
Food Contamination*
Food Habits
Logistic Models
Multivariate Analysis
Polychlorinated Biphenyls / adverse effects*
Proportional Hazards Models
Retrospective Studies
Sweden / epidemiology
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Polychlorinated Biphenyls

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