Bis-phenol A (BPA) is a chemical contained in polycarbonate plastic and some synthetic resins and pesticides.
BPA is a synthetic oestrogen, meaning it acts similarly to that hormone and can disrupt how the human body's hormonal systems work. It has been linked to reproductive cancers, diabetes and other hormone-related diseases. Some scientists believe BPA may also be linked to trends including:
- increased abnormal penis development in males
- earlier sexual development in females
- increases in developmental diseases such as ADHD and autism
- increased child obesity
- decreased sperm count