High levels of harmful chemicals discovered in sanitary napkins: Study

High amounts of chemicals linked with heart disorders, diabetes and cancer, have been found in popular sanitary napkins

by Soumayashree Mishra
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High amounts of chemicals linked with heart disorders, diabetes and cancer, have been found in popular sanitary napkins sold in India, according to a study done by a Delhi-based environmental NGO.

Toxics Link, an NGO, discovered the presence of phthalates and volatile organic compounds in ten samples, six inorganic and four organic sanitary pads on the market. The findings were published in the report ‘Menstrual Waste 2022.’

 

Phthalate exposure has been linked to a number of health issues, including endocrine disruption, effects on the heart and reproductive systems, diabetes, some cancers, and birth defects.

 

VOC exposure raises the risk of brain impairment, asthma, disabilities, certain cancers, and reproductive system dysfunction.

 

The study discovered the highest levels of phthalates in self-proclaimed “organic” sanitary napkins. The presence of phthalates was found in all types of sanitary napkins, organic and inorganic, according to the study.

 

According to the study, concentrations of a combination of phthalates were found to be 0.0321 and 0.0224 gramme in an organic and an inorganic sample, respectively, which is greater than the 0.1% by weight of the product mandated by EU regulations.

 

Sanitary napkin samples were tested for the presence of 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), with compounds such as acetone, chloroform, Benzene, toluene, and others detected in all samples, inorganic and organic.

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