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The Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) have issued a new report that uncovers potentially dangerous chemicals in common feminine products. The Chem Fatale report outlines the dangers of chemicals, preservatives and pesticides that are present in some tampons and maxi pads. WVE will target Proctor & Gamble, in an effort to make the ingredients of Tampax and Always products available to the public.
Monitoring potentially hazardous chemicals in consumer products goes beyond cosmetics and health and beauty aids. Alexandra Scranton of the WVE is especially concerned with the presence of dangerous chemicals in feminine care products, as they are used on a particularly absorbent part of a woman’s body.
The study has found that tampons may contain chemicals that are considered hormone disruptors, allergens or are linked to cancer, such as dioxins and pesticide residues. Hormone disruptors may also be present in feminine wipes and washes, along with parabens, quaternium-15 and DMDM hydantoin, which can release formaldehyde.
Delving even further into the study, WVE found that Latina and African American customers were greater consumers of wipes, and douche, putting them more at risk. Pads and tampons themselves are considered to be medical devices, which creates a loophole and lets manufacturers leave off the chemical content of their products.
The WVE hopes that Chem Fatale will put these products into the spotlight, and allow women to make healthy choices by giving them the information and ingredients they need to do so.
Note: Tampons and pads have been excluded from the list because manufacturers aren’t required to disclose their ingredients.
- Walgreens Feminine Wipes (contains DMDM Hydantoin, fragrance)
- Vagisil Anti-Itch Wipes (contains methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance)
- Kirkland Signature Moist Flushable Wipes (contains methylisothiazolinone, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol, fragrance)
- CVS Feminine Wash: Sensitive Skin (contains methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, D&C Red 33, fragrance)
- Equate Feminine Wash (contains methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, Ext D&C Violet 2, fragrance)
- Intimore Fresh Sensitive Liquid Soap (contains diazolidinyl urea, FD&C Yellow No. 5)
- Lemisol Plus Feminine Wash (contains diazolidinyl urea, FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum lake)
- Summer’s Eve Feminine Wash (contains methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, Ext D&C Violet 2, fragrance)
- Vagisil Feminine Wash (contains DMDM Hydantoin, benzethonium chloride, Red 33, fragrance)
- CVS Disposable Douche: Summer Breeze (contains octoxynol-9, fragrance)
- Massengill Disposable Douche with Extra-Cleaning Vinegar and Water (contains diazolidinyl urea, octoxynol-9)
- Summer’s Eve Douche: Island Splash (contains octoxynol-9, fragrance)
- Feminine Deodorant Suppositories: Tropical Splash (contains benzethonium chloride, methylparaben, fragrance)
- Summer’s Eve Body Powder: Cotton Breeze (contains octoxynol-9, benzethonium chloride, fragrance)
- Vagisil Talc-Free Deodorant Powder (contains polyoxymethylene urea, benzethonium chloride, fragrance)
- Vagisil Anti-Itch Creme: Maximum Strength (contains benzocaine, methylparaben, fragrance)
- VH Essentials Advanced Medicated Cream (contains benzocaine, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance)