Girl, Disrupted: Hormone Disruptors and Women’s Reproductive Health
Workshops have helped shape the emerging field of environmental reproductive health and led to sought-after materials.
by Heather Sarantis, Julia Varshavsky & Elise Miller
Organization: Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)
Over the last several years, CHE’s Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group has played a leading role in a series of workshops that have helped shape the emerging field of environmental reproductive health. These meetings have generated various reports and peer-reviewed articles. Of these materials, the most sought after is Girl, Disrupted: Hormone Disruptors and Women's Reproductive Health. This report describes the science linking environmental exposures to reproductive health problems in language accessible for lay audiences.
The information is based on discussions held at the Women’s Reproductive Health and the Environment workshop in 2008, which was co-hosted by CHE, the University of Florida and the University of California San Francisco's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). This workshop focused on establishing areas of agreement on the effects of hormone disruptors on women’s reproductive health. Though a similar effort was made to study the effects of hormone disruptors on male reproductive health more than ten years earlier, this meeting was the first time the gender lens was focused on females to look at the life-span effect of exposure to hormone disruptors, such as early puberty, impaired fertility or infertility, uterine fibroids, shortened lactation and breast cancer. Girl, Disrupted has now been sent to more than 30 Congressional leaders as well as the directors of the National Centers of Excellence, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Research on Women's Health and other major women’s health research institutions, and is being used to leverage research priorities and policies related to this field.
For related publications and additional information on CHE’s Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, please visit the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.