Tuna and mercury risk – and why it’s relevant to sex

According to a recent report from The New York Times, tuna sampled from various NYC area restaurants contained vastly unacceptable levels of mercury and it is thought that tuna in other parts of the country would have similar, potentially unhealthy levels of sushi. Tuna sashimi is one of my favorite foods so this is sad news for me.

What does this have to do with sexual health? Well, mercury levels can potentially be negative for adult’s health in terms of both neurological and cardiovascular health. However, the main threats relate to babies and children. Warnings related to mercury levels in fish are typically targeted toward pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women who might possibly become pregnant or who might be pregnant and not know it, and small children. Mercury can impact the development of fetuses, babies and small children.

Read the full New York Times article here and read more about mercury and health from the EPA here.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.