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Is there estrogen from birth control in my water?
 
 

The Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP), for the past several years, has been concerned about articles and reports suggesting that birth control pills are the sole or primary source of synthetic estrogens (manmade estrogen-mimicking chemicals) in water. Some of these same reports have downplayed the role of estrogen-mimicking industrial chemicals, like BPA, in contaminating water.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) investigated claims about synthetic estrogens from birth control in water, and the results of their analysis have been published. The scientists conclude that synthetic estrogens in water come from many sources, but agricultural and industrial sources play a larger role in explaining the presence of these chemicals.

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Resources

Memo to the Media: No Link Between Birth Control Pills and Prostate Cancer

Media reporting of new study is misleading, find out the facts in this blog.

Birth Control Pills Not a Major Source of Estrogen in Water Supply

WebMD reports on the minimal existence of estrogen in our water supply
Birth Control-Tainted "Ladypee" in Our Water: Myth or Menace?

Read this blog by RHTP's Kimberly Inez McGuire about the real story behind birth control in our water
Don't Blame the Pill

Read Chemical & Engineering News article revealing that only a small fraction of the estrogen pollution found in waterways comes from oral contraceptives

Environmental Justice & Reproductive Justice: Stop Scapegoating Women

Read blog post by Jill Morrison from the National Women's Law Center on how the anti-choice movement uses claims about birth control's harm on the environment to divide progressive allies.

 
 
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