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Countdown to Disclosure!

LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN!

Companies Have Until October to Disclose the Ingredients in their Period Care Products

Did you know — there is no federal law that requires companies to disclose ingredients in period care products?!

BUT … In 2019, New York became the first state in the United States to pass a bill requiring manufacturers of period care products to fully disclose intentionally added ingredients. This ground-breaking law is about to go into effect — companies have only a handful of days left to get their act together and stop hiding ingredient secrets.

This law would not have passed without the actions of so many people like you who raised their voices for their right to know! So let’s do it again. Let’s make sure companies know we’re watching! Its time to end these toxic secrets and hold companies accountable.

TICK TOCK – IT’S TIME FOR ACCOUNTABILITY

Let companies know that period health is important to you: Learn and engage with your community about these issues by sharing facts, graphics, videos and more to help amplify this important new disclosure law. Each day we’ll reveal new materials, new ways to raise your voice, and new reasons why it is so important that we prioritize period health!

Everyone has the right to know what is in their period care products. So while this new disclosure information will only be required on the label in NY, this law sets a new precedent for transparency and we’ll keep pushing until we all have this information, no matter what state we live in.

WE’RE DONE WAITING and THE CLOCK IS TICKING

Tune in, join in, and start the countdown today!

Each day we’ll reveal new resources, actions and ways to raise your voice!

COUNTDOWN KICKOFF!

Companies have until October to disclose the ingredients in their period care products. Let the countdown begin!

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NANOSILVER FACT SHEET

Concerns about the impacts that nanosilver, used in menstrual pads and period underwear, can have on healthy bacteria.

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WATCH: How to Use a Menstrual Cup

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HOW ARE PERIOD PRODUCTS REGULATED?

While widely used, there is very little regulation over the safety of intimate and menstrual care products.

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PHTHALATES IN TAMPONS

Wait what?! Researchers estimated that tampon use could be responsible for 15% of our total phthalate exposure.

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THE TERM “FEMININE HYGIENE”

Using language that infers only women have periods is dangerous because it excludes people from important decisions being about their health.

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MENSTRUAL EQUITY FOR ALL ACT

TAKE ACTION NOW to support the Menstrual Equity for All Act and ensure everyone who gets a period has access to menstrual products!

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OUR STORIES, OUR FLOW WORKSHOP

Join us for a virtual conversation about menstruation that centers and de-stigmatizes the way we talk about, understand & experience safe, healthy periods!

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HEADLINES: FROM POPULAR SCIENCE

Period underwear may contain troubling chemicals—but the real problem is much bigger. Menstrual products are under-regulated around the world

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WATCH: WVE Answers Your Questions on Intimate Care Products

Lubricants, ingredient safety, “odor” technologies and more!

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TIMELINE OF TESTING

Test results of period care products indicate that there is more work to be done to better understand the impacts these products may have on our health.

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SHAREABLE POSTS & GRAPHICS

Use this mini social-share toolkit on your social media platforms! 

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SHARE YOUR PERIOD STORY

The culture of shame that surrounds periods and reproductive health is changing! You can help create change too by SHARING YOUR STORY!

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WATCH: How to Use a Tampon

Simple directions on how to use, and dispose of, a tampon.

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WVE STAFF SHARES

Candid Conversations on Intimate Care Products: The first question my doctor asked me was ‘Te estas lavando la vagina con jabon?’ (‘Are you washing your vagina with soap?’).

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LISTEN: Persistent & Pervasive

Toxic menstrual care products are wrong. Period.

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FACT SHEET: LUBRICANTS

Potential Hazards of Lubricants on Vaginal Tissue: Over 65% of women in the United States report using some form of vaginal lubricant in the previous month.

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ITCHING, BURNING, INFECTIONS? YOU’RE NOT ALONE

Research on the causes of vaginitis scant & treatments available are truly inadequate, often only successful for the short term.

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WATCH: VAGINAL HEALTH PANEL

Panel includes Dr. Ami Zota, M. Isabelle Chaudry, Dr. Astrid Williams, and Dr. Ebere Azumah – hosted by WVE.

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UPDATES ON MENSTRUAL EQUITY POLICIES

More than 140 bills in 37 states, including 8 bills introduced on the federal level, have been introduced to to advance menstrual equity. Find out more about what your state has been up to…

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WATCH: How to Use a Menstrual Pad

Simple directions on how to use, and dispose of, a menstrual pad.

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RSVP: LABEL READING CRASH COURSE!

Learn how to read & interpret ingredient labels on period products, plus get tips to ensure your local community has access to this information!

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FACT SHEET: The RUB with WIPES

Intimate Wipes: How a little wipe does more harm than good.
ENGLISH & SPANISH + Infographic.

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HEADLINES: FROM FORBES

Cuomo Signs Bill Making New York The First State To Mandate Ingredient List for Tampons

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COMPANIES STILL SELLING TALC-BASED BABY POWDER

In 2017, WVE identified 28 baby powder products that contained talc. Recently, we went back to those 28 products to find out what had changed. In short, a lot.

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LOW IMPACT PERIOD

Tips for reducing your environmental impact and chemical exposure around the use of menstrual products.

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WATCH: Detox the Box

WVE’s classic spoof of Justin Timberlake’s “Dick in a Box” on SNL

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WATCH: Menstrual Health Roundtable

Youth in the Menstrual Equity Movement: Legislation

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RSVP: LABEL READING CRASH COURSE!

Learn how to read & interpret ingredient labels on period products, plus get tips to ensure your local community has access to this information!

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TIME’S UP!

Companies selling tampons, pads, menstrual cups or period underwear in New York State are now required to disclose all intentionally added ingredients on product labels.

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Oct. 2021

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