Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New Reasons why Crocs are a Better Birth Control

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin has noticed a peculiar trend. Male amphibians are being exposed to an extreme amount of synthetic hormones, skewing the ratio of males and females, and causing a decrease in population.
It turns out that the main ingredient of the pill is 17a-Ethinylestradiol (EE2), an aestrogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals (EEDCs). It is completely man made and because of such, waste plants cant completely remove the hormone from urine. Thus it returns back to natural water supplies. ln the three species accounted for in this study, sex reversal occurred in 15 to 100 percent in the males.
Also another study in small mouth bass, 85% displayed the synthetic hormone inducing "inter-sex" as cause for decreasing population. Ecologists are starting to become anti-pill for such reasons. It has been around for decades, yet presently"..more than 100 million women use the pill." With that huge magnitude it is understandable how water is being affected, and how ecological damage is surmounting.

This led me to wonder what they effects are for humans, since this synthetic hormone may also remain in our water. Even if it is in small amounts, could this be a reason that youth appear to be going through puberty earlier?
If I put a real picture of me the point would be proven more, but I didn't want to do that to you guys.
It would be interesting to have data regarding the presence of EEDC's in water sources, as well as what level promotes a reaction, and if synthetic hormones incite maturation. I believe more research should be invested into to ensuring better ingredients, to allow women to still have control over their bodies yet in a more sustainable, natural way.

1 comment:

  1. I remember hearing a year or two ago that birth control had those types of effects on fish so I these articles really appealed to me. These events really make you wonder what kind of effects birth control has on the human female body. Personally, I think the pill does more harm than good. I'm not sure if scientists will ever be able to develop a birth control pill that is completely natural because female bodies do what they need to do naturally already.