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Updated by Women's Voices on Dec 04, 2013
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7 fem care products that may be poisoning you

Women's Voices for the Earth recently released Chem Fatale, a report detailing toxic chemicals in products women use on or in some of their body's most sensitive places.

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Tampons

Tampons

Yep, tampons contain some seriously nasty chemicals, including dioxins and furans (from the chlorine bleaching process), pesticide residues and unknown (because companies don't have to disclose them) fragrance chemicals. May cause cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, and allergic rash.

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Pads

Pads

Like tampons, pads may include dioxins and furans, pesticide residues, unknown fragrance chemicals, not to mention adhesive chemicals such as methyldibromo glutaronitrile. May lead to cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. Studies link pad use to allergic rash.

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Feminine Wipes

Feminine Wipes

Are your wipes harming your health? Hazardous ingredients may include methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parabens, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Triclosan and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns include cancer and endocrine disruption. Studies link wipe use to allergic rash.

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Feminine Wash

Feminine Wash

Newsflash: your va-jay-jay is clean just the way nature made it. Some of those wipes that profess otherwise contain more dyes than an Easter egg. Watch out for unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, DMDM hydantoin, D&C Red No.33, Ext D&C Violet #2, and FD&C Yellow #5. Exposure concerns include endocrine disruption, allergic rash, and asthma.

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Douche

Douche

Despite widespread medical consensus that douching isn't necessary and can actually harm your lady parts, it is still a common practice. Hazardous ingredients may include unknown fragrance chemicals and the spermicide octoxynol-9. Studies link douche use to bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer, low-birth weight, preterm birth, HIV transmission, sexually transmitted diseases, ectopic pregnancy, chronic yeast infections, and infertility.

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Feminine Deodorant

Feminine Deodorant

Talk to your gyno if you are concerned about how it smells "down there." Using OTC products may do more harm than good. Hazardous ingredients may include unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, and benzethonium chloride. Exposure concerns include reproductive harm, endocrine disruption and allergic rash.

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Feminine Anti-Itch Creams

Feminine Anti-Itch Creams

If it's itchy, see your gyno. Using OTC products make worsen symptoms. Hazardous ingredients may include unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, methylisothiazolinone and an active ingredient, benzocaine, a mild anesthetic. Exposure concerns include endocrine disruption, allergic rash, and unresolved itch.