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Estrogen Influence in Your Water More Common from Pesticides than Drugs Discarded in Water

A new study has determined that oral contraceptives are not the main cause of estrogen pollution in U.S. and European rivers. The contribution of contraceptives is actually small compared to pollution from industrial and agricultural sources.

Studies have suggested that long term exposure to estrogen in water could adversely affect human health.

Environmental Health News reports:

“... [A]gricultural sources are an important source of estrogens in waterways because livestock produce 13 times more solid waste than humans. The animals can excrete both natural and pharmaceutical hormones ... Additionally, industrial and agricultural sources not only discharge estrogens, but they also release other harmful chemicals, such as pesticides, which can mimic estrogen.”

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