Study: Birth Control Flushed Down Drains Creating ‘Transgender’ Fish
Turn male fish into females through chemicals from birth control pills and make-up that are discharged through the drains, according to a new study.
The study of freshwater fish in Britain revealed that one-fifth of men now have female traits – including egg production, decreased sperm count and less aggressive behavior – because of chemical species species bending Present in the pill, cleaning agents, plastics and cosmetics, the Telegraph reports.
“We showed that some of these chemicals can affect health much higher in fish than we expected,” said Professor Charles Tyler of the University of Exeter.
“The use of specially created transgenic fish that allow us to see the responses to these chemicals in the body of fish in real time, for example, we have shown that estrogen is found in some plastics affect the valves in the heart.”
And contraceptives are not the only human pills that disrupt marine life – previous studies have shown that water antidepressants also put pears in their range, he added.
“Other research has shown that many other chemicals that are discharged by water treatment works may affect fish, including antidepressants that reduce the natural timidity of some fish species, including how they react to predators” “Said Tyler.