Period underwear may contain troubling chemicals—but the real problem is much bigger
by Kate Baggaley
… At this point you might be wondering: who’s in charge of monitoring these things and making sure they aren’t dangerous, anyway? It turns out that menstrual products of all kinds are under-regulated, according to Jamie McConnell, director of programs and policy at Women’s Voices for the Earth, a Missoula-based nonprofit focused on menstrual, cleaning, and personal care product safety.
“Women’s health just tends to be disregarded in policy,” she says. “It’s kind of mind-blowing when you think about how and where these products are used; in some cases they’re inserted into the body or they come in close contact with very sensitive vaginal tissue, and yet there’s no real clear requirements for substantiating the safety of ingredients that are used in these products …