Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s)


An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body’s normal functions. This disruption can happen through altering normal hormone levels, halting or stimulating the production of hormones, or changing the way hormones travel through the body, thus affecting the functions that these hormones control. Chemicals that are known human endocrine disruptors include diethylstilbesterol (the drug DES), dioxin, PCBs, DDT, and some other pesticides. Many chemicals, particularly pesticides and plasticizers, are suspected endocrine disruptors based on limited animal studies.

General information on EDCs The Endocrine Disruption Exchange

General information about EDCs in nature and affects on fish and wildlife 

Endocrine Society Statement 

EPA on EDCs

Searchable list of EDCs from The Endocrine Disruption Exchange