The chemicals seeping into your most sensitive area

If all your rooms are painted with VOC-free paint and you’ve splurged on phthalate-free shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent and more, there’s something you need to know…

Those are fantastic first steps toward keeping yourself and your family safe from the potentially dangerous toxins.

But the problem with chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and phthalates is they’re annoyingly inescapable.

Just when you’ve neutralized one potential exposure, they pop up somewhere else in your daily routine. And some sources of exposure are more dangerous than others….

Like anything that comes into contact with your lady parts.

You may not know this, but your genitals are highly absorbent when it comes to chemicals. In fact, the rate of chemical absorption in your genitals is 300 times higher than the rate of absorption in your feet.

Unfortunately, a recent study shows that several products used in this sensitive area, like sanitary pads and diapers, are filled with VOCs and phthalates. And these chemicals are seeping into reproductive systems like nobody’s business.

Most pads and diapers contain problematic chemicals

In 2017, South Korea media outlets uncovered a disconcerting story….

Sanitary pads were causing strange symptoms in women, like menstrual irregularities, infections, rashes, and bad cramping. Eventually, more than 15,000 women filed a class action lawsuit against a sanitary pad company called Lillian. But the story doesn’t stop there…

This sudden and alarming issue with sanitary pads in South Korea prompted researchers in the U.S. and other countries to explore the dangers of pads further. And what they uncovered is unsettling, to say the least…

Most of the sanitary pads and diapers we use contain dangerous chemicals like VOCs and phthalates. And we’re placing them near one of the most absorbent areas of our body.

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The recent study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology tested 11 brands of sanitary brands and four brands of diapers from a variety of countries, including the U.S.

All 11 brands of sanitary pads contained two types of phthalates and the VOC xylene. Nine brands also contained the VOC toluene and two brands contained the VOC methylene chloride.

All four brands of diapers tested contained two types of phthalates (one contained three). Plus, they all contained the VOCs toluene and xylene.

Now, VOCs raise the risk of asthma, several types of cancer and reproductive problems. And phthalates are tied to endocrine disruption, cancer and birth defects. So, why on earth would you want these chemicals in close proximity to your sensitive and highly-absorbent nether regions?

Protecting yourself and loved-ones from dangerous pads and diapers

Whether you’re at the age where you’re actively wearing sanitary pads or not, this study applies to you. Why?

We all know and love women and babies who are using pads, tampons or diapers.

Plus, you’ve probably used pads or tampons for much of your life. That means your body has been exposed to these chemicals for decades and the repercussions could still affect you, even if you don’t use them anymore.

The best way for all women to heal from long-term exposure to chemicals like VOCs and phthalates is to limit future exposure and to live a healthy lifestyle that includes lots of detoxifying exercise and organic, whole foods.

If you’re looking for chemical-free sanitary pad and diaper options for yourself or your loved ones, there are quite a few clean products on the market. The Honest Company sells organic pads, tampons, and diapers. There’s also a new subscription service called Cora that delivers organic pads (for periods or incontinence) and tampons to your door monthly. It’s long past time to go organic and protect those precious lady (or baby) parts!

Editor’s note: Have you heard of EDTA chelation therapy? It was developed originally to remove lead and other contaminants from the body but uses now-a-days run the gamut. To learn more about it, check out Dr. Michael Cutler’s guide, Chelation: Natural Miracle for Protecting Your Heart and Enhancing Your Health. Click here for a preview…

Sources:

  1. Diapers and Pads May Be Leaching Chemicals Into Our Bodies — Sierra Magazine
  2. Sanitary pads and diapers contain higher phthalate contents than those in common commercial plastic productsReproductive Toxicology
  3. How diapers and menstrual pads are exposing babies and women to hormone-disrupting, toxic chemicals — Environmental Health News
  4. Rate of Absorption — The Center for Construction Research and Training

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.