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Title: Examining Reproductive Health Outcomes in Females Exposed to Polychlorinated Biphenyl and Polybrominated Biphenyl.

Authors: Neblett 2nd, Michael F; Curtis, Sarah W; Gerkowicz, Sabrina A; Spencer, Jessica B; Terrell, Metrecia L; Jiang, Victoria S; Marder, M Elizabeth; Barr, Dana Boyd; Marcus, Michele; Smith, Alicia K

Published In Sci Rep, (2020 02 24)

Abstract: In 1973, accidental contamination of Michigan livestock with polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) led to the establishment of a registry of exposed individuals that have been followed for > 40 years. Besides being exposed to PBBs, this cohort has also been exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a structurally similar class of environmental pollutants, at levels similar to average US exposure. In this study, we examined the association between current serum PCB and PBB levels and various female reproductive health outcomes to build upon previous work and inconsistencies. Participation in this cross-sectional study required a blood draw and completion of a detailed health questionnaire. Analysis included only female participants who had participated between 2012 and 2015 (N = 254). Multivariate linear and logistic regression models were used to identify associations between serum PCB and PBB levels with each gynecological and infertility outcome. Additionally, a generalized estimating equation (GEE) model was used to evaluate each pregnancy and birth outcome in order to account for multiple pregnancies per woman. We controlled for age, body mass index, and total lipid levels in all analyses. A p-value of <0.05 was used for statistical significance. Among the women who reported ever being pregnant, there was a significant negative association with higher total PCB levels associating with fewer lifetime pregnancies ( β = -0.11, 95% CI = -0.21 to -0.005, p = 0.04). There were no correlations between serum PCB levels and the self-reported gynecological outcomes (pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or uterine fibroids). No associations were identified between serum PCB levels and the prevalence of female infertility in women reporting ever having sexual intercourse with a male partner. There were no associations identified between serum PCB levels and pregnancy outcomes (singleton live births or miscarriages) or birth outcomes (preterm birth, birth weight, birth defects, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, or gestational diabetes). PBB was not associated with any outcome. Further research is needed to determine if and how PCB may reduce pregnancy number.

PubMed ID: 32094419 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Adolescent; Adult; Environmental Exposure/analysis*; Female; Humans; Infertility, Female/etiology; Middle Aged; Polybrominated Biphenyls/adverse effects*; Polychlorinated Biphenyls/adverse effects*; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Outcome; Reproductive Health*; Young Adult

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