It's week three of "Bedroom Month"!
To help you remember to G-rate (for "green") your sex life, here's eco-contraception in three f-words: fish, flush and free (of parabens):
Can your synthetic estrogen-laden pee, once it's flushed into waterways, turn male fish into females?
University of Calgary researchers found a cocktail of chemicals skewing sex ratios in native minnow populations. Gender-bent fish are on the rise in Alberta's Red Deer and Oldman rivers. (Similar studies have found this in other Canadian waterways, too.) Compounds detected included synthetic estrogens (like those found in birth control pills), as well as bisphenol A (BPA) and natural and synthetic steroids which are byproducts of agricultural run-off and raising cattle.
I'm not saying you should get off the pill, but here's a list of hormone-free options.
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What you can do:
- Return unused pills or used patches (which still contain hormones) to the pharmacy, not the trash
- Avoid the Dirty Dozen in your personal care products — shampoo, lotions and makeup to reduce estrogenic substances (endocrine disrupters that can mimic estrogens) in the environment
Don't flush condoms. They go in the landfill.
Free of parabens
Natural lubricants are best! Avoid those containing parabens, which can interfere with hormone function, and products made from petroleum and artificial scents, flavours and colours. Choose store-bought, water-based lubes or try 100 per cent coconut oil or 100 per cent certified organic aloe gel.
More questions? Read the environmental impact of birth control, non-hormonal birth control options, and see the Sex and Contraception chapter in Adria Vasil's book, Ecoholic Body!
What will you change to "green" your sex life?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green