We keep hearing about new things everyday that affect women’s health and more particularly reproductive health.

Now it would seem that something as innocuous as house dust could be a culprit.

Flame-retardant chemicals in items like lounge suites, electronics, fabrics, carpets, and plastics cause delays in conception, it was found by scientists in Berkley, University of California.

According to this Times report, PDBEs a group of chemicals are found to leech out through dust onto surfaces where they are inhaled and stored in the body.

Women with higher levels of PDBE chemicals in their blood found it difficult to get pregnant than those with lower levels.