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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.

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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



Vay! And I was thinking about getting Vagisil products. What about other feminine wipes? Which are the best to use with least chemicals?
Best bet is to go to "Women’s Voices for the Earth" for their recommendations.
I like the smell of douche better than my vagina stank
My wife died in March this year from cancer that began 2 1/2 years ago as a uterine carcinosarcoma. Vaginal bleeding was the first symptom. She was a twenty (?) year user of Vagisil vaginal suppositories. Of course she stopped using them, but we often wondered whether they might have caused the cancer.
Ugh! Now I feel stupid... I thought something was wrong with my va Jay Jay SMH I used Summer's Eve and my body just started feeling hot and irritated days after SMH
I would like to know if Scott naturals cleansing cloth are safe to use, I shower or bathe and do a women need to shower everyday I shower or bathe every 3 days and in between I use Scott naturals cleansing cloths I feel embrassed when I go into a womens bathroom and I smell but I don't want to was away the good chemacals away I like to be informed about my body ☺
Does Feminine Powders causes kidneys damages? Does it causes kidneys failure?
I would like to know in Summer's Eve Deodorant Spray is okay for all women? I have a very sensitive vagina, so I have to be very careful with many feminine products.
Is it safe to use vagisil femine wash and spray
if i cant use my feminine powder to keep me fresh and dry what can i use?..........I heard cornstarch is better than other powders. Is that true?
I have this personal care feminine deodorant spray that says "Shake well and hold can 8-12 inches away and spray the entire vaginal area. To extend the fresh , clean feeling, lightlyspray on panty liners, undergarments, Or anything that you wear close to your body". And then it also says " Warning: Flammable. Do not use near fire, flame, sparks, or while smoking. Avoid spraying in eyes. Use only as directed. Intentional misuse st deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful of fatal." So what I'm trying to say is that. Is it safe for me to use the New not used can of feminine deodorant spray around the vagina if the ingredients are Butane, paraffin oils, hydrofluorocarbon 152A, isopropyl myristate, fragrance, Talcom powder, zinc ricinoleate, magnesium stearate, tocopheryl acetate? It also states "Caution: For eternal use only. Spray at least 8 inches from skin. Do not apply to broken, iritated or iching skin. Persistant, unusual oder or discharge may indicate conditions for which a physician should be consulted. Discontinue use immediately if rash, irritation or discomfort develops." Distriduted by: Personal Care Products, LOC Troy, Michigan 48084 USA Made in China UPC: 048155922822 Please let me know if it's a hazard to my health?
Wow, you're really good at manipulating facts. Did you take lessons? I have a can of Personal Care, and I wondered how I missed talcum powder on the list...no woman should put that on her vulva. It's been associated with ovarian cancer. But I've taken a second look and seen that you skilfully replaced 'zea mays starch' (i.e. corn starch) with talcum. And you added 'hydrofluorocarbon 152A' to the list too. Wow, you are good!
Humans have been brainwashed by businesses. It is not necessary to bathe daily unless you actually do something that gets you dirty daily. The natural smell of a healthy body is what nature intended, and the pheromones produced is the attractant between the sexes. Since these odors are free business cannot make any money. You have all been convinced that your natural odor is offensive and you spend a fortune ( this industry makes billions) to cover it up with toxic chemicals. To me the worst odor is that of a woman who has dosed herself in perfumes and/or deodorants and the chemicals send me fleeing. That is the woman who stinks. Stop harming yourself and live the way nature intended.