Feminine Care Products & Volatile Organic Compound Exposure

Feminine Hygiene products (FHP’s) are personal care products widely used by women and may include:

  • Tampons
  • Sanitary
  • Napkins
  • Vagina douches
  • Sprays
  • Powders

A recent study found out that among reproductive-aged women, vaginal douching was associated with higher exposure to 1,4-DCB. Those who reported an average frequency of douching two or more times per month have a whole blood 1,4-DCB concentrations 81% higher than never users.

Moreover, Non-hispanic blacks and Mexican Americans hd higher esposure t0 1-4-DCB than non-hispanic whites and other racial/ethnic groups

In addtion to douching behavior, use of feminine powder might also contribute to an higher blood concentration of ETHYLBENZENE

Vaginal and vultur issues are highly premeable to chemicals given the absense of a keratinized stratum corneum, loosly packed skin layers and abundance of arteries, blood vessels and lymphatic vessels in the walls of the Vagina.

Manufacturers should disclose all ingredients, and screening tests to evaluate chemicals in FHP’s should all be considered.

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