New research from the States suggests that using sunscreen could have an impact on male fertility. It seems that some of the chemicals used to make sunscreen can have an effect on hormones, and that once they have been absorbed by the skin this may be linked to a reduction in male fertility. The researchers found that the sunscreen chemicals didn’t seem to have the same impact on female fertility.
It is perhaps fortunate that this story comes at a time when sunscreen is the last thing on most people’s minds here in the UK, but the researchers do stress that these are just initial results and that more work will be necessary to prove a clear and definite link.
You can read more about the work, carried out by the National Institutes of Health and the New York state Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, at http://www.nih.gov