Cosmetics and Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Closer Look at Menstruation, Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Reproductive Health

Hormones‌ ‌play‌ ‌important‌ ‌roles‌ ‌in‌ ‌every‌ ‌stage‌ ‌of‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌lives,‌ ‌affecting‌ ‌our‌ ‌maturation‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌‌ our‌ ‌reproductive‌ ‌system‌ ‌works.‌ ‌The‌ ‌way‌ ‌hormones‌ ‌function,‌ ‌as‌ ‌they‌ ‌travel‌ ‌around‌ ‌your‌ ‌body‌ ‌via‌‌the‌ ‌endocrine‌ ‌system,‌ ‌is‌ ‌harmed‌ ‌by‌ ‌exposure‌ ‌to‌ ‌“endocrine-disrupting‌ ‌chemicals”‌ ‌(EDCs).‌ ‌Toxic‌‌chemicals‌ ‌and‌ ‌EDCs‌ ‌interfere‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌endocrine‌ ‌system’s‌ ‌functioning‌ ‌and‌ ‌include‌ ‌chemicals‌ ‌like‌‌ Bisphenol‌ ‌A‌ ‌(BPA),‌ ‌phthalates,‌ ‌per-‌ ‌and‌ ‌poly-fluoroalkyl‌ ‌substances‌ ‌(PFAS),‌ ‌polychlorinated‌‌biphenyls‌ ‌(PCBs),‌ ‌and‌ ‌dioxins.‌1 ‌EDCs‌ ‌are‌ ‌found‌ ‌in‌ ‌food‌ ‌and‌ ‌food‌ ‌packaging;‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌environment,‌‌in‌ ‌water‌ ‌and‌ ‌soil;‌ ‌and‌ ‌in‌ ‌personal‌ ‌care‌ ‌products‌ ‌like‌ ‌cosmetics,‌ ‌hair‌ ‌products,‌ ‌and‌ ‌lotions.‌‌‌‌