Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that mimic, block, or interfere with hormones in the body's endocrine system. EDCs have been associated with a diverse array of health issues. Watch an animated overview to learn more and explore the rest of the Society's education, resources, and advocacy campaigns on EDCs.
Prenatal Bisphenol A Exposure Weakens Body's Fullness Cues February 07, 2017 | An expectant mother’s exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can raise her offspring’s risk of obesity by reducing sensitivity to leptin, a hormone responsible for controlling appetite...
Chemical Exposure Linked to Lower Vitamin D Levels September 20, 2016 | Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may alter active form of vitamin in body. Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may reduce levels of vitamin D…
Endocrine Society Position Statements
Position statements are official points of view or beliefs of the Endocrine Society. Statements are issued on scientific or medical issues related to endocrine research and practice in our effort to ensure policy decisions are based on the full body of available knowledge. Below are position statements related to endocrine-disrupting chemicals where we advocate for greater research and updated regulatory processes to affect positive change. You may also view our complete list of position statements.
Endocrine Society Policy Recommendations
The Society produces a range of alerts, letters to officials, and testimony transcripts in an ongoing effort to influence public policy related to research and clinical endocrinology issues.
Early Prenatal Phthalate Exposure, Sex Steroid Hormones, and Birth Outcomes JCEM | March 9, 2017 Sheela Sathyanarayana, Samantha Butts, Christina Wang, Emily Barrett, Ruby Nguyen, Stephen M. Schwartz, Wren Haaland, Shanna H. Swan, and the TIDES Team
The Endocrine Society's first Scientific Statement in 2009 provided a wake-up call to the scientific community about how environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) affect health and disease…
Minireview: Endocrine Disruptors: Past Lessons and Future Directions Molecular Endocrinology | July 19, 2016 Thaddeus T. Schug, Anne F. Johnson, Linda S. Birnbaum, Theo Colborn, Louis J. Guillette Jr., David P. Crews, Terry Collins, Ana M. Soto, Frederick S. vom Saal, John A. McLachlan, Carlos Sonnenschein, and Jerrold J. Heindel
Within the past few decades, the concept of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has risen from a position of total obscurity to become a focus of dialogue…
Prenatal Programming and Endocrinology Endocrinology | August 4, 2015 Andrea C. Gore
The endocrine system is one of the body's interfaces with the environment, together with the nervous and immune systems. These interacting physiological units evolved…
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EDC Whiteboard Animation
Watch an animated overview of endocrine-disrupting chemicals brought to you in collaboration with the Hormone Health Network.
Hormones and EDCs
What do you need to know about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and your body’s endocrine system? Learn about the impact of EDCs in this infographic and share with others.
The Five W’s of EDCs
Download and share this infographic on common questions about endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
EDCs Myth vs. Fact
There’s a lot of mixed information on endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Visit the Hormone Health Network to learn about common myths of where EDCs can be found and how they can affect you.
Test Your Knowledge
What’s your score? Take this quiz to see what you do (and don’t) know about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).