What is in period products?
by Cheryl Hogue
A recent New York right-to-know law has led to ingredient disclosures across much of the US. But health advocates say more data are needed on some chemicals’ health effects.
“For the first time, consumers in much of the US can find ingredient lists on the packages of most period products. A New York right-to-know law that took effect in 2021 has had nationwide impact, likely because most manufacturers of these products opt for a single package label for US sales. Women’s Voices for the Earth, a women’s health advocacy group that lobbied for the New York disclosure law, is concerned that many chemicals found in pads, panty liners, tampons, and reusable disks and cups haven’t been tested for safety in the permeable skin of the vulva and vagina.”