Workplace hazards to women's reproductive health Journal Article uri icon

abstract

  • Women make up nearly half of Minnesota's workforce. Thus, many women, including those of reproductive age, are exposed to workplace hazards. These hazards may be chemical-toxicants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and endocrine disruptors; physical--the result of activities or proximity to something in the environment; or biological-infectious agents. And they are of growing concern among scientists and the public. Although data on the effect of these hazards on the reproductive health of women is limited, there is evidence indicating they ought to be of concern to women and the physicians who treat them. Clinicians are encouraged to assess women for exposure to workplace hazards and to communicate with them about whether such exposure might increase their risk for problems such as infertility, miscarriage, and preterm birth. This article highlights selected job-related hazards and offers suggestions for caring for working women of reproductive age.

publication date

  • 2007