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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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