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It’s easy to see why the birth control pill is the most popular contraceptive in Canada
But in recent years, alarming results of environmental studies have come to light
researcher Karen Kidd and her team spent two years spiking lakes with synthetic estrogen to mimic the effect of estrogen that is expelled in urine and winds up in wastewater.
They found that the hormone was interfering with the reproductive systems of male minnows; in effect, the fish had become “feminized.”
“I always say, if you’re concerned about water quality, go ask the fish. They live there.”
A weak amount of estrogen can be found in a surprising number of products besides the birth control pill, from red wine to detergent to tofu.