Reproductive Health Issues

Recent studies evaluated the relationship between fracking and reproductive health issues. Studies conducted in 2015 by researchers associated with the Endocrine Society suggested that prenatal exposure to chemicals used in fracking can have long- term reproductive health problems. These researchers found that 23 of 24 fracking chemicals can disrupt the natural signaling of estrogens, androgens and other hormones in humans. These hormones can be crucial for the healthy development of sex organs and fertility. Exposure to small concentrations of these chemicals can negatively impact normal brain and sexual development. This can lower the immune system’s ability to fight disease and exposure to hormone disruptors is linked with obesity, diseases and breast cancer. (Peeples 2015)