Don't Use These 17 Beauty Products, Avoid Them
According to a recent report issued by Women’s Voices for the Earth, your feminine care products may be doing more harm than good for your body. The problem is two-fold: the vaginal tissue and vulvar regions are highly absorptive of chemicals found in feminine care products. Those chemicals often include known or suspected carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, allergens and reproductive toxins. Read on to learn more about why this is a serious health issue and why you may want to avoid buying and using an identified list of feminine care products that contains chemicals of concern.
In a new report titled “Chem Fatale,” writers for the Women’s Voices for the Earth are warning consumers in a detailed report that many feminine care products are potentially dangerous and should be avoided because they increase the risk of breast cancer, reproductive problems, asthma, and allergic reactions.
The Women’s Voices for the Earth is a national organization that describes itself as one that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm women’s health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies.
The report states that feminine care products is a multi-billion dollar market that caters to women with promises of making them smell better, feel fresher and gain more confidence simply by using their products that consist chiefly of scented pads, menstrual tampons, douches, feminine wipes, feminine wash, feminine deodorant sprays, suppositories, feminine anti-itch creams and powders.
What can turn those promises into nightmares for some women lies in a basic fact of biology that because the vagina possesses numerous blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, the vagina is an effective route for delivering drugs directly into the bloodstream without first being metabolized in comparison to taking a drug orally. This in turn results in dosing the body with higher doses of active ingredients in a shorter period of time that could prove toxic or damaging to organs.
In the case of feminine care products, chemicals used to manufacture the physical materials and cleansing liquids often contain known or suspected cancer-causing chemicals as well as dyes used as colorants, perfumes for scent and hormone-mimicking chemicals referred to as endocrine disruptors that can cause hormonal imbalances in the body.
One of the primary complaints by the report is that the fragrances used in many of these products are company-held secrets that consist of toxic chemicals such as:
• Carcinogens like p-dichlorobenzene and styrene oxide;
• Endocrine disruptors like galaxolide and tonalide (synthetic musks)
• Reproductive toxicants like diethyl phthalate (DEP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP)
• Problematic disinfectants like Triclosan and ammonium quaternary compounds
• Numerous allergens
The other major complaint is that there is a serious lack of government regulated oversight to protect consumers from potentially harmful chemicals in feminine care products. Agencies like the FDA lack authority and rely on the manufacturers to self-police their products and as a result are not legally required to disclose ingredients and chemicals used in manufacturing tampons and pads and fragrances.
For an in-depth look at the problem, the full report can be downloaded from the internet under the title “Chem Fatale: Potential health effects of toxic chemicals in feminine care products.”
To help women make informed decisions about purchasing feminine care products, the Women’s Voices for the Earth offers their “Hall of Shame” list of 17 feminine care products you may want to avoid because they were found to contain many of the chemicals of concern reported in the Chem Fatale report. A summarized list of the 17 products is as follows:
1. Walgreens Feminine Wipes
2. Vagisil Anti-Itch Wipes
3. Kirkland Signature Moist Flushable Wipes
4. CVS Feminine Wash Sensitive Skin
5. Equate Feminine Wash
6. Intimore Fresh Sensitive Liquid Soap
7. Lemisol Plus Feminine Wash
8. Summer’s Eve Feminine Wash
9. Vagisil Feminine Wash
10. CVS Disposable Douche Summer Breeze
11. Massengill Disposable Douche with Extra Cleaning Vinegar and Water
12. Summer’s Eve Douche, Island Splash
13. Feminine Deodorant Suppositories Tropical Splash
14. Summer’s Eve Body Powder Cotton Breeze
15. Vagisil Talc-Free Deodorant Powder
16. Vagisil Anti-Itch Crème, Maximum Strength
17. vH Essentials Advanced Medicated Cream
Click here for a complete listing of ingredients and chemicals of concern contained in the aforementioned feminine care products.
Feminine Care Product Solutions
To reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals in feminine care products, the writers for the Women’s Voices for the Earth suggest the following measures:
• Avoid their listing of Hall of Shame products
• Use their Chemicals of Concern fact sheet when shopping for feminine care products.
• Look for brands that disclose all ingredients, including what’s in fragrance.
• Reduce your use of feminine care products.
• Eliminate use of products that may be unnecessary to a healthy vagina.
• Choose unscented products where available (particularly tampons and pads).
• Choose chlorine-free bleached or unbleached cotton tampons and pads.
• If you are having allergic symptoms, switch brands! When you do switch―call the
company’s 1-800 customer service to tell them why!
• Tell the FDA if you’ve had symptoms that may be from a feminine care product by calling 1-800-332-1088.
For an additional informative article about feminine care, click-on the titled link, “Folk Medicine Remedy No Longer Recommended for Enjoyable Honeymoon Sex.”
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References: Women’s Voices for the Earth