Modern chemical risk assessment usually examines single chemicals, one at a time, but with endocrine disrupting chemicals, there is evidence of combination effects even at low levels.
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.
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.
PFAS chemicals–used in many products, from fire-fighting foams to nonstick pans–are increasingly prevalent in the environment.
The antimicrobial triclosan is in thousands of products used daily, including hand soaps, toothpastes, body wash, kitchenware, and even some toys.
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.