Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol 2019 May 28. Epub 2019 May 28.
Research Department, Innlandet Hospital Trust, Brumunddal, Norway.
Mercury (Hg), a highly toxic environmental pollutant, shows harmfulness which still represents a big concern for human health, including hazards to fertility and pregnancy outcomes. Research has shown that Hg could induce impairments in the reproductive function, cellular deformation of the Leydig cells and the seminiferous tubules, and testicular degeneration as well as abnormal menstrual cycles. Some studies investigated spontaneous abortion and complicated fertility outcomes due to occupational Hg exposure. Moreover, there is a relation between inhaled Hg vapour and reproductive outcomes. This MiniReview evaluates the hypothesis that exposure to Hg may increase the risk of reduced fertility, spontaneous abortion and congenital deficits or abnormalities. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.