A study published in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation finds exposure to the insecticide chlorpyrifos and other organophosphates (OPs) has a positive association with the development of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the difficulty of getting or keeping an erection. Despite occurring in males later in life (between 40 and 70 years), recent studies highlight this issue emerging among adolescents, highlighting possible hormone imbalances not associated with age.

Scientists and health officials already associate pesticide exposure with a decrease in male fertility, including reduced sperm count, quality and abnormal sperm development.

Exposure to many pesticides also profoundly impacts the endocrine (hormone) system, including reproductive health.

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