Are Feminine Hygiene Products Safe?
Nov. 2, 2015
…”According to ‘Chem Fatale,’ a 2013 report published by Women’s Voices for the Earth, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Missoula, MT, ‘chemicals of concern such as carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, and allergens are being used on, or even in, the extremely permeable mucous membranes of the vaginal area.’
Such potentially hazardous ingredients include dioxins and pesticide residues in tampons and pads, and unknown fragrance chemicals and dyes in feminine hygiene products such as wipes and douches, according to the report. (In August, Women’s Voices petitioned the FDA to ask that it prevent makers of feminine hygiene products from using dyes approved only for “externally applied” products, which are not supposed to be used on body surfaces covered by mucous membranes).”…