Thursday, April 24, 2014
Pharmacy and Medications
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.
Debra K Gardner, PhamD
Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy College Business Office
Internal Resource Pool-Allied at OSU Medical Center
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University