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Wrapped in Secrecy: Toxic Chemicals in Menstrual Products

TitleWrapped in Secrecy: Toxic Chemicals in Menstrual Products
Publication Type Research Reports
Year of Publication2022
Keywordsmenstruation menstrualhealth menstrualproducts sanitarypads femalehygieneproducts phthalates VOCs organicpads inorganicpads
Abstract

A new study titled “Wrapped in Secrecy: Toxic Chemicals in Menstrual Products,” released by environmental NGO Toxics Link today, has revealed the presence of toxic chemicals, including Phthalates and VOCs, in organic and inorganic sanitary pads, sold in the Indian market. The study tested most of the major brands of sanitary pads, including organic and inorganic, available in the country, and detected these chemicals that can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions and can be endocrine disruptors for users. The report reveals new information on contaminants found in sanitary pads that can also cause cancer and release microplastic particles into the environment.

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