Occurrence of female sexual hormones in the Iguazu river basin, Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil

Karina Scurupa Machado, Fernanda Dittmar Cardoso, Julio Cesar Rodrigues Azevedo, Cristina Borba Braga


Female sexual hormones have attracted the attention of the scientific community due to the effects that they cause by interfering in the endocrine system. Many contemporary studies have sought to monitor some of the main female sexual hormones in surface waters in Brazil. Current article evaluates the presence of 17β-estradiol, 17α-ethinylestradiol, estrone and progesterone in the surface waters of Curitibaand the surrounding metropolitan area in the state of Paraná, Brazil, by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), performed at 7 different sites. The study revealed that a range of concentrations between 0.07 and 13.45 µg L-1 of female sexual hormones was extant; higher values than these were found in other regions ofBrazil and in other countries. Higher concentrations have been attributed to the region´s sanitation due to large sewage amounts. Sewage discharge has also been confirmed by results of limnological parameters.



contraceptives; water quality; liquid chromatography

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4025/actascitechnol.v36i3.18477

ISSN 1806-2563 (impresso) e ISSN 1807-8664 (on-line) e-mail: actatech@uem.br


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