In the United States alone, women spend well over $2 billion per year on feminine hygiene products, including tampons, pads, feminine washes, sprays, powders, and personal wipes.
About every three years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) releases a list of known and suspected carcinogens.
A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body.
The antimicrobial triclosan is in thousands of products used daily, including hand soaps, toothpastes, body wash, kitchenware, and even some toys.
PFAS chemicals–used in many products, from fire-fighting foams to nonstick pans–are increasingly prevalent in the environment.
The vast majority 85 percent of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in an Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
A report by the nonprofit Women s Voices for the Earth (WVE) points out that feminine hygiene products may use ingredients that are known or suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), carcinogens, or allergens.