28 Nov '11, 11am

Atrazine in water tied to menstrual irregularities, low hormones — Environmental Health News

Atrazine in water tied to menstrual irregularities, low hormones — Environmental Health News

Women who drink water contaminated with low levels of the weed-killer atrazine may be more likely to have irregular menstrual cycles and low estrogen levels, scientists concluded in a new study. The most widely used herbicide in the United States, atrazine is frequently detected in surface and ground water, particularly in agricultural areas of the Midwest. Approximately 75 percent of all U.S. cornfields are treated with atrazine each year. The newest research , which compared women in Illinois to women in Vermont, adds to the growing scientific evidence linking atrazine to altered hormones. The women from Illinois farm towns were nearly five times more likely to report irregular periods than the Vermont women, and more than six times as likely to go more than six weeks between periods. In addition, the Illinois women had significantly lower levels of estrogen during an im...

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