In this article we’re going to be discussing whether reverse osmosis is effective at removing estrogen from water.
What Exactly Is Estrogen
Estrogen is a hormone that is produced by the ovaries and plays an important role in the development of female sexual characteristics and the regulation of the menstrual cycle.
Estrogen levels fluctuate throughout a woman’s life, but are typically highest during her childbearing years. Too much or too little estrogen can cause problems, and estrogen levels can be affected by a variety of factors, including diet, exercise, stress, and medications.
How Does Estrogen Get Into Our Water Supplies?
There are a few ways that estrogen can end up in our water supplies. One way is through the use of birth control pills. When women take birth control pills, the hormones in the pills are excreted in their urine. This hormone-laden urine can then end up in our water supply if it’s not properly treated at sewage plants.
Another potential source of estrogen in our water is from livestock. Cattle and other animals are often given hormones to help them grow larger, and when these animals relieve themselves, their hormone-laden waste can also end up in our water supplies.
Does RO Remove Estrogen from Drinking Water?
There is no simple answer to this question since it is not known if RO water technology removes estrogen from drinking water. However, it is generally believed that RO systems are effective in removing a wide range of contaminants, including hormones, from water.
With that being said, the more filter stages that a RO system has, the more likely it is to filter out a wider range of contaminants in the water supply.
How to test your water supply for Estrogen
If you’re concerned about estrogen levels in your water supply, you can contact your local water supplier to request a water quality test. This test will look for the presence of estrogen and other contaminants in your water. If any are found, you will be advised to take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and your family from long-term exposure. Especially since long-term estrogen consumption is not beneficial for males.
Once you have the results of your water test, you can compare them to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards to see if there is cause for concern.
Alternatively you can hire a professional, who will take care of the entire process, as well as advise you about whether water treatment is necessary.
What else does reverse osmosis remove from water?
Alternative Methods Of Removing Estrogen From Water
According to a study completed in the NLOM, Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters are extremely effective at removing estrogens and other steroid hormones from water.