Reproductive Behavior - In Utero and Lactational Exposure to Bisphenol A, In Contrast to Ethinyl Estradiol, Does Not Alter Sexually Dimorphic Behavior, Puberty, Fertility, and Anatomy of Female LE Rats

AUTHOR
Bryce Ryan
PUBLICATION
Reproductive Development and Behavior
DATE
October 15, 2009
FILED UNDER
exposure

In this study, funded and conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), female rats were fed BPA during pregnancy and lactation at dosage levels approximately 40 to 4,000 times above estimated median human consumption, and the female offspring were studied for effects on behavior and reproductive function. No effects from exposure to BPA were found in this study. In contrast, the well-known estrogen ethinyl estradiol (EE2) had significant effect on the rodents, demonstrating the sensitivity of the study and the validity of the results for BPA. For more information, please click here.

At a Glance

What was tested?
Female rats were fed BPA during pregnancy and lactation at dosage levels approximately 40 to 4,000 times above estimated median human consumption, and the female offspring were studied for effects on behavior and reproductive function.
Findings
No effects from exposure to BPA were found in this study. In contrast, the well-known estrogen ethinyl estradiol (EE2) had significant effect on the rodents, demonstrating the sensitivity of the study and the validity of the results for BPA.
Study Limitations
None cited.
Importance
This study directly addresses concerns raised by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), which rated the potential effects of low doses of BPA on brain and behavior as an area of "some concern."