Unexplained Infertility? Let’s Look At Heavy Metals

24 May, 2012

What Everyone Planning to Have a Baby Needs to KnowHeavy metals are more commonplace than you might think, and their effect on fertility is profoundly destructive.

What Are Heavy Metals?

Heavy metals are a natural component of the earth’s crust but are toxic to the body even in small quantities.

Toxic heavy metals are not easily broken down or excreted by the body, so are dangerous because they bioaccumulate. The problem being that due to their inability to be easily metabolized and excreted they tend to accumulate further and further causing metabolic disruptions and a whole range of health problems.

Often, many of our clients who have been tested for heavy metals and found to have toxic chemicals in their system have been surprised about it and not had any idea of when they might have been exposed.

Where Are They Found?

Don’t think that heavy metal exposure is a problem only for people who directly work with them. All of us are widely exposed to heavy metals in our daily lives, such as Aluminium, Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Mercury and Nickel. Cosmetics, deodorants, dental amalgams, newsprint, paint, birth control pills, aluminum foil, antiseptics, body powders, cheese, toothpaste, milk products, nasal sprays – all of them are sources of heavy metals. As you can see, nobody is immune to them. Heavy meals are added (yes, unfortunately you read correctly—they are added!) to medicines as well as thousands of different food products, household products, personal products and untold numbers of industrial products and chemicals.

For example:

  • A common form of aluminium is found in antiperspirants and especially sprays which can be inadvertently inhaled. Aluminium can reduce zinc, vitamin C, magnesium and calcium and thus can cause mineral loss from our bones as well as cause skin problems and gastrointestinal dysfunction.
  • Shellfish, coastal and river fish and large fish have been found to contain high levels of Mercury which may reduce selenium, zinc, vitamin C and methionine.  This can result in menstrual disturbances, reduced ovulation and mitochondrial dysfunction. The eggs of older women are particularly vulnerable.

How Do Heavy Metals Interfere With Health & Fertility?

Generally speaking, heavy metals disrupt metabolic function in two basic ways:

  1. First, they accumulate and thereby disrupt function in vital organs and glands such as the heart, brain, kidneys, bone, liver, etc.
  2. Second, they displace vital nutritional minerals from where they should be in the body to provide biological function. For example, enzymes are catalysts for virtually every biochemical reaction in all life-sustaining processes of metabolism. But instead of calcium being present in an enzyme reaction, lead or cadmium may be there in its place. Toxic metals can’t fulfill the same role as the nutritional minerals, thus their presence becomes critically disruptive to enzyme activity. Obviously, the enzymes and biochemical processes involved in fertility are included in this.

FOR EXAMPLE: Lead has been found to affect calcium, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc leading to reproductive failure, slow infant development, and damage to sperm, sterility and impotence.

Heavy metals have also been linked to malformation and abnormalities in the foetus as well as developmental concerns including autism in children whose parents (particularly the mother had high heavy metal loads during pregnancy). Researchers believe a lot of the damage caused to developing babies and children due to heavy metals exposure begins and happens whilst in utero, in addition to some links to certain vaccines which are preserved with mercury and may contain other heavy metals as well as polluted fish, water and other environmental exposure.

Clearing Heavy Metals

Clients can get help in testing for and clearing heavy metals, and we always encourage prospective mothers to address the possibility of heavy metal accumulation as a source of infertility. We also encourage the minimizing of exposure to heavy metals to ensure the safest pregnancy and healthiest baby possible. 

Either hair analysis or urine analysis can be an excellent way to determine whether heavy metals have accumulated in your body, and these tests can be arranged at our clinic.  There are a range of herbal products and vitamins and minerals that can then clear or significantly reduce heavy metal accumulation and ensure your body is in peak optimal health for conception.

Among other things, we also recommend you take time to source fresh food markets, organic butchers and use environmentally friendly products around the home.


If fertility failure is an established occurrence in your life, heavy metal toxicity is definitely something to consider. Call us to book in a simple heavy metals test today.