A number of studies have confirmed the presence of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) in wastewater in sufficient quantity to cause hormonal changes in aquatic life. EDCs are compounds that can block, mimic, stimulate, or inhibit the production of natural hormones, disrupting the
body's natural endocrine system, which controls our reproduction, growth, and development, from functioning properly. EDCs are common in the environment because they are used in every aspect of our society. They can be found in pharmaceuticals, personal care products, industrial by-products,
plastics, and pesticides. They are also commonly found in wastewater effluents.
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