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You eventually just get tired of fake people with coward intentions; you struggle because your heart is pure, and you don’t understand why so many people can’t be authentic.”
-Sylvester McNutt III
A women’s group working to eliminate toxic substances from consumer products and the environment published a report that highlights the dangers associated with many products for female hygiene and feminine care. The Women’s Voices for the Earth’s “Chem Fatale Report” addresses the many toxic chemicals that are still in use in female products such as tampons and deodorants, intimate hygiene washes, and wipes, which expose women to a variety of endocrine-related chemicals, reproductive problems and cancer.
The report suggests to be aware of the following potentially dangerous ingredients:
- Tampons: Hazardous ingredients may include dioxins and furans (from the chlorine bleaching process), pesticide residues and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns include cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, and allergic rash.
- Pads: Hazardous ingredients may include dioxins and furans, pesticide residues, unknown fragrance chemicals, and adhesive chemicals such as methyldibromo glutaronitrile. Exposure concerns include cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. Studies link pad use to allergic rash.
It is extremely important for women to research the products they use on the most absorbent, intimate part of their body, especially if they have sensitive skin.
Oftentimes, products destined to be used on or in an incredibly absorbent part of a woman’s body are marketed and sold with little or no data on ingredients. The ingredients are determined as being “safe” under the premise that they are used on normal skin, just like other cosmetic products.
Women must be extra-attentive in choosing feminine care products, as vaginal and vulva tissue are more receptive to the transport of chemicals and hormones. The vulva and vaginal tissues are structurally different from the skin of the rest of the body. For example, these tissues are more hydrated and more permeable, which means that this body area is potentially more vulnerable to exposure to toxic and irritant chemicals. The internal parts of the vulva and vagina are covered with mucous membranes, which play an immune defense function, creating a barrier against the pathogenic agents that could lead to disease. The vagina walls are covered with numerous blood and lymph vessels, allowing direct transfer of chemicals to the circulatory system. The chemicals absorbed through the vagina are distributed more easily throughout the body without being metabolized.