Female infertility caused by toxic exposure on military bases

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on July 31st, 2022

There are 679 military bases that are still contaminated with toxic agents, such as PFAS, benzene, polychlorinated biphenyl, and toluene, exposure to which is associated with female infertility, among numerous other serious health problems. These harmful chemicals may cause female infertility by triggering hormonal impairments.

Over 6 million women between 15 and 44 are infertile in the United States. This represents 10% of all women of reproductive age. Female infertility refers to difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. There are numerous causes of female infertility, such as structural problems in the reproductive system, endometriosis, failure to ovulate, and polycystic ovary syndrome. However, a lesser known cause is toxic exposure, more specifically exposure to organic solvents like benzene and toluene, as well as polychlorinated biphenyl and PFAS.

When female infertility is the result of hormonal changes due to toxic exposure, some of its symptoms are the following:

  • skin changes, including more acne
  • loss of hair
  • dark hair growth on the lips and chin
  • weight gain
  • irregular menstrual cycle
  • chronic pelvic pain

If you are a woman who was stationed or lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, a military base whose environment was heavily polluted with all the aforementioned toxic chemicals and began struggling with infertility, you should give our law firm a call, as you may be eligible for compensation and VA benefits. Our attorneys, who specialize in toxic exposure, will assess your case and file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit for you.

The link between female infertility and toxic exposure

A 2021 study found that women with higher levels of polychlorinated biphenyl in their blood had fewer immature eggs left in their ovaries. Researchers also discovered that PFAS exposure can severely impact fertility in women by causing lower egg counts. Since female fertility is age-dependent, they made sure to adjust the calculations depending on the age of each woman who participated in the study. The findings highlighted the fact that toxic exposure resulted in fewer eggs in women of all ages.

Furthermore, researchers discovered that women with higher levels of these chemicals in their blood had to try for a longer time to get pregnant. Women with the highest concentrations of harmful agents in their bodies had to try for more than one year. Unlike men, women are born with a fixed set of immature eggs in their ovaries. A woman's number of eggs in her ovaries naturally becomes lower through monthly ovulations and follicle death. The findings of this study imply that toxic chemicals may speed up the disappearance of ovarian follicles, which can lead to reduced fertility.

Quality legal assistance for victims of military toxic exposure

If you spent time on a contaminated military base as a veteran or a family member of one and developed a health problem, we advise you to get in touch with our skilled attorneys. With over two decades of experience, they will gladly offer you quality legal assistance and guidance. As a veteran seeking legal recourse, you will have to retrieve your military records and your medical records and send these documents to our legal team so that we can have a starting point in reviewing your case.

To initiate the legal process as a family member of a veteran who also lived on a military base, you will need to provide our attorneys with evidence of your stay at the military installation in question and your medical records stating your diagnosis. After a thorough evaluation, we will establish whether you qualify for filing a claim and if you are, our legal team will prepare it for submission. In the end, we will present you with the compensation you are entitled to and with the VA benefits you deserve.