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Feminine Care Products

Toxic chemicals don't belong in feminine care products. Period.

Feminine Care Products & Toxic Chemicals

The Issue:
Unfortunately, our research shows that many of today’s feminine products contain a host of chemicals that may cause cancer, disrupt hormones, or cause unnecessary allergic reactions. Tampons are used by up to 70 percent of menstruating women in the U.S. Other products such as douches, sprays, washes, and wipes, are used by 20-50% of women, with use rates considerably higher among African-American, Latina and low-income women. The Food and Drug Administration does not require companies to test for all harmful chemicals, nor do they require companies to disclose the presence of all chemicals used in feminine care products.

Given the widespread use of these products, the particularly sensitive exposure route for women, and the lack of regulatory oversight, Women’s Voices for the Earth is working to eliminate toxic chemicals from the $3 billion U.S. feminine products market.

The bottom line: Toxic chemicals don’t belong in feminine care products. Period.

Take Action - Summer's Deceive!

Holding a box of Summer's Eve wipesTaking care of your body shouldn’t put your health at risk! Raise your voice and demand that Summer’s Eve remove toxic chemicals from its feminine wipes and come clean about all ingredients!

Learn more & take action!

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Feminine Care Products

Reduce Your Exposure

  • 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!

Resources

Chem Fatale Report

Chem Fatale Report
Chem Fatale Fact Sheet

Potential Health Effects of Toxic Chemicals in Feminine Care Products

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Slippery Slope: Potential Hazards of Lubricants for Women

Over 65% of women in the United States report using some form of vaginal lubricant in the previous month. While they can be very effective at reducing discomfort at the time they are used, researchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential longer term health effects of exposure to these products.

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Feminine Wipes: How a little wipe does more harm than good

Through claims of “freshness,” “confident clean” and yes, even “odor control,” wipes are being advertised as the better option for the health and happiness of women. But the truth is, wipes may be doing you (and the planet) more harm than good.

Feminine Washes

Feminine Washes with FDA Prohibited Dyes

Colorants found in some feminine washes come in contact with vaginal mucous membranes –violating the FDA’s use restrictions, and may adversely affect the health of women using these products.

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Vaginal Douching Linked to Higher Levels of Phthalates – Study

Whether you use vaginal douching products or not, this important first-of-its-kind study reaffirms the need for more research into this unique and sensitive route of exposure for women.

Chemicals of Concern in Feminine Care Products

Chemicals of Concern in Feminine Care Products

This list includes chemicals of concern that are discussed in our Chem Fatale report. Download & print this list and leave it in your purse or bag to refer to when you’re shopping for feminine care products.

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