Fragrance and Foes: Unveiling the Hidden Risks in Menstrual Choices

Scented period products harbor worrisome toxic exposures, raising questions about who faces the most risk.

Everyday household items expose us to chemicals, but menstrual products intimately interact with our bodies.

A new study examines social factors influencing the use of scented versus unscented menstrual products.

Scented products often contain harmful VOCs linked to cancer, skin irritation, and organ damage.

VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds

Older individuals and those with lower education levels are more likely to use riskier, scented products.

Black participants are also more prone to using scent-altering intimate care products.

The study reveals links to age, education, and family culture in choosing menstrual products.

Family influences, particularly from older generations (including parents), play a significant role in product choices.

Black communities face marketing that perpetuates racialized stigmas about body odors and cleanliness.

Educational attainment emerges as a factor, with higher education linked to using unscented products.

Health agencies are urged to regulate toxic period care products, emphasizing the need for awareness.