Pesticides and Hormonal imbalance in Women


Women have a weaker immunity compared to men in two stages of her life- pregnancy and menopause (complete stoppage of menstrual cycle). Hormones play a major role with a lot of fluctuations during these phases.  Body’s exposure to a considerable quantity of chemicals before and after these phases may affect the hormonal balance. One such class of chemicals is the ‘pesticides.’

Pesticides find their use as chemicals in agricultural settings. They kill or remove insects attacking the growing crops.

Contact with Pesticides

A long-term exposure to such pesticides may be through eating pesticide-rich food, drinking polluted water, inhaling pesticides sprayed on fields, etc. People living nearby farm fields, farmer communities, laborers working in industries cannot escape the regular contact with pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

Research has shown many harmful effects of pesticides on human body including the horrible cancer. Hormonal disturbances are also one of the effects.

How do Pesticides Act inside Human Body?

Some of the pesticides can disguise themselves as hormones. Their structure can fit into the natural hormonal place in the body and the result is two ways. Pesticide may either activate or block the action of a hormone. Over action and no action of a hormone are dangerous conditions. In both the conditions, it is disturbing our body’s natural flow of working.

Estrogen and Progesterone in Women

In women, estrogen and progesterone are the two important reproductive hormones. During pregnancy and menopause, their levels change in the body. When a woman is pregnant, these hormonal levels increase than before, which return to normal levels after delivery. Then again, their levels start to decrease at the time of hitting menopause.

Critical phase exposure

If there is a good exposure to pesticides, these natural levels of estrogen and progesterone may be disturbed. At times, pesticides can block the two hormones’ functions. This, in turn, can cause complications in pregnancy. Sometimes, they can increase the hormone’s activity even when not required  such as during menopause, which can delay the process of menopause. Late menopause also affects our health adversely.

Thus, it is essential to keep a check on the exposure level of chemicals around us to enable us a good health in the longer run.   



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