Chemicals Released During Fracking May Cause Infertility

Posted: Aug 27 2016, 1:53pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Chemicals Released During Fracking May Cause Infertility
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  • Fracking-Related Chemicals may cause Infertility

Fracking-related chemicals may ultimately cause infertility. This has been proven by research done by scientists.

About 15 million Americans live within the confines of a one-mile wide radius where oil and gas from unconventional means are mined from the earth’s depths.

Among some of the operations that are carried out are directional drilling into the earth’s crust and hydraulic fracturing. The latter is commonly known by the epithet of “fracking”. This releases some of the natural gas stored in the rocks beneath the earth’s crust.

The effects of fracking on human health and development are not known with any surety. Yet, now studies are emerging that show that fracking causes certain harmful chemicals to be released into the environment that have an adverse effect on reproductive functions.

So far the deleterious effects have been observed in lab mice. Whether humans show the same susceptibility remains a moot point. It all depends upon the quality and quantity of exposure to the caustic chemicals.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) tend to imitate and impede the normal hormones of the body. These hormones are responsible for respiration, reproduction, metabolism and growth not to mention a ton of biological activities that go on within the bodies of ordinary individuals.

The evidence is here. It points towards a possible connection between chemicals released from fracking and fertility levels in human beings. At least in rodents, the nasty side effects of chemicals released from fracking and drilling activities are very real.

Even the smallest amount of exposure causes very abnormal functioning as far as the homeostasis and metabolism of the mice were concerned. The study involved mixing 23 different oil and gas chemicals in four different concentrations.

This was done to match the liquid gunk found in waste water and drinking water of many human communities. These were situated very near to the sites where fracking and drilling operations took place on a regular basis.

When pregnant mice were given these until they gave birth the full-fledged consequences of fracking and drilling chemicals came to the fore. The female offspring of these pregnant mice were compared to other female mice that had not been treated with the toxic chemical-laced water.

The exposed group had more reproductive abnormalities. Not only was the ovarian follicles damaged but the pituitary and general reproductive hormones were disrupted on a fundamental level.

The male mice were furthermore subject to low sperm levels. Thus these fracking chemicals had negative effects on both male as well as female mice.

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