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Estrogen Pill and their Effect



Hi, I wonder if pregnant women`s urine can cause bad effect on the environment as the estrogen in the contraceptive pill. I have read about the effect of the birth control pill when disposed into the water but I wonder if the estrogen in urine of a pregnant women does the same thing to the environment.


Very interesting question! Estrogen & progestin levels in women on oral contraceptives are actually much lower than in fertile women. The impact on the environment should be minimal.

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Debra K Gardner, PhamD Debra K Gardner, PhamD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University