Hidden chemicals in feminine hygiene products

Habits to Healthy Blog Post 25

That time of the month… when progesterone drops and triggers the shedding of the uterine lining. Let’s talk about how to reduce toxic chemical exposure… even down there.

A study published in Environment International detected 24 endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) in 77 different feminine hygiene products. More than 90% of products contained phthalates. Other toxic chemicals found are parabens, bisphenols, and triclocarban (antibiotic).

ABSORPTION RATES
Skin surrounding the genital area is thin and permeable. When products come into direct contact with reproductive organs such as vulvar skin and vaginal mucosa, EDC are easily absorbed into the circulation system. It’s estimated that exposure to these chemicals from feminine products is at least 10 TIMES HIGHER than the absorption rates through skin elsewhere on the body.

LINK TO ILLNESS
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible. Studies have linked phthalates with hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity, endometriosis, early onset of puberty, and ovulation disorders.

Parabens are commonly used as a preservative for cosmetics and personal care products. Studies show parabens can disrupt hormones, harm reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer.

The FDA does not require companies to disclose an ingredient list on feminine products. However, bleaching and manufacturing processes produce toxic byproducts such as dioxins, which have been linked to endometriosis, reproductive, developmental, and immune system dysfunction.

H E A L T H Y   H A B I T S
It’s all about decreasing the toxic load on our body, one step at a time. Here are a few non-toxic options:

Organic tampons & pads
Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in farming. Buying organic means the product is free from glyphosate residue and other harmful chemicals during production. One that I’ve tried and like is @get_rael.

Reusable options:
– menstrual cups like @thedivacup
– cotton pads like @gladragspads
– period panties like @shethinx

BEST REASON:
Most women see an improvement with menstrual cramps. YES to less cramps, less pain, etc. Have you made the switch yet?

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