Endocrine Disruptors in Water and Their Effects on the Reproductive System

Andressa Gonsioroski, Vasiliki E. Mourikes, Jodi A. Flaws

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Anthropogenic contaminants in water can impose risks to reproductive health. Most of these compounds are known to be endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). EDCs can impact the endocrine system and subsequently impair the development and fertility of non-human animals and humans. The source of chemical contamination in water is diverse, originating from byproducts formed during water disinfection processes, release from industry and livestock activity, or therapeutic drugs released into sewage. This review discusses the occurrence of EDCs in water such as disinfection byproducts, fluorinated compounds, bisphenol A, phthalates, pesticides, and estrogens, and it outlines their adverse reproductive effects in non-human animals and humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1929
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 12 2020


  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Reproduction
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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