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Nov 06, 2013

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Two organochlorine pesticides have been linked to an increased risk of endometriosis, a painful condition where excess tissue that lines the womb grows outside of the uterus on other organs or structures in the body.

The researchers measured blood levels of mirex and beta HCH, two pesticides which have been banned in the U.S. for decades but are still found in measurable levels in some fish and dairy products.

They looked at 248 women who had been recently diagnosed with endometriosis and 538 women who did not have the condition. They discovered that women who had high exposure to the pesticides had a 30 to 70 percent increase in endometriosis risk.

“We found it interesting that despite organochlorine pesticides being restricted in use or banned in the U.S. for the past several decades, these chemicals were detectable in the blood samples of women in our study and were associated with increased endometriosis risk,” lead author Kristen Upson, a postdoctoral fellow at the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said in a press release. “The take-home message from our study is that persistent environmental chemicals, even those used in the past, may affect the health of the current generation of reproductive-age women with regard to a hormonally driven disease.”

Women with the highest levels of mirex had a 50 percent increased risk for endometrosis, while those with the highest exposure to beta HCH had a 30 to 70 percent higher chance of developing the disease.

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