Flame retardants may be messing with women’s fertility—and they’re in way more than yoga mats.

How badly do we, as a society, want things to not be on fire? Is it worth risking our fertility? And how good are we at retarding fires anyway?

Making things fire retardant seems like a no-brainer. Less fire is better than more fire in a person's home. For decades, manufacturers responded to customers' desire to buy things that don’t catch fire easily by putting chemicals in their products to prevent them from going up in flames. But how badly do we, as a society, want things to not be on fire? Is it worth risking our fertility? And how good are we at retarding fires anyway?

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