Toxicity and Infertility Part 1 with Dr. Leah Gordon

Dr. Leah Gordon is a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor who is passionate abo

Dr. Leah Gordon is a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor who is passionate about women’s health. She is the founder of Womanhood Wellness, a natural wellness education platform that empowers women to make wiser and more informed choices for their health.


Reproductive Health for Women

Dr. Gordon became interested in fertility when in naturopathic school. She realized that positive impacts on women before they conceive can have profound impacts on them and their future children. She and her husband had their own fertility struggles and that experience led her to help others with fertility.

Reproductive health is the whole hormonal system that drives women’s health.

Women of reproductive age go through the hormonal symphony leading up to ovulation, through pregnancy and beyond. Even if a woman doesn’t want to reproduce, she is still affected by it. 

The Rise in Infertility

Around 1 in 8 women have a condition known as PCOS, one of the most common causes of infertility in women.

According to some estimates, almost 1 in 4 women experience miscarriages. 

People are struggling with fertility way more than they have ever been.

Some research suggests that women in their 20s now are less fertile than their grandmothers were in their 30s and 40s.

Fertility Issues. Its 50/50

Historically, it was believed that women were more responsible for fertility. We now know this is not true. 

Fertility issues can occur because of:

  1. Female factor only
  2. Male factor only
  3. Combination of the male factor and female factor

In other words, both the male and the female equally contribute to the fertility equation. 
Issues with sperm quality can arise due to several reasons, some of which are environmental.

Women’s health can indirectly be affected because of issues with sperm quality as that can contribute to miscarriages.

A miscarriage doesn’t necessarily mean that a woman has fertility issues, but it could also be the case that the male partner has fertility issues. Or some combination of both partner’s issues.

Factors that Impact Fertility


Sperm is very delicate to changes in the internal and external environment. It is also possible that some injections are contributing to sperm issues. 

Phthalates are endocrine disruptors often found in fragranced products and soft plastics. They are a toxin that can impact the reproductive system negatively.  

For women, in-utero exposure to phthalates has been linked to a higher propensity for PCOS later. 

BPA is another toxin that negatively impacts fertility. It has been shown to negatively impact female fertility and male sperm count. 

Heavy metals, herbicide residues, and pesticide residues in food also contribute to fertility issues.

Any chemical that is an endocrine disruptor disrupts hormones and can impact fertility.

Dr. Leah Gordon wants us to know there is hope. You can work with a practitioner to test your exposure to environmental toxins. It is totally possible to detox from these chemicals and reduce our exposure to them.

Her and her husband went through this journey. And their healthy baby girl is living proof that the body can heal from infertility.

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You can find Dr Leah Gordon here
She’s in the HBO docuseries Not so Pretty
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