Poster or Presentation Title

The secrets about feminine hygiene products

Presenter Information

Angela B. SaleFollow

Location

Hopwood Auditorium

Access Type

Event

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

http://www.lynchburg.edu/academics/red-letter-day/student-scholar-showcase/

Start Date

6-4-2016 9:30 AM

End Date

6-4-2016 9:45 AM

Abstract

Menstruation is an inevitable aspect of being a woman. On average, a woman menstruates approximately 500 times, using roughly 11,800 tampons in her lifetime. Tampons and other feminine hygiene products contain a variety of chemicals such as dioxins, furan, pesticide residue, formaldehyde, parabens, synthetic fibers and fragrances. These chemicals have the potential to mess up the natural environment of the vagina making a woman more susceptible to toxic shock syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, vaginitis, sexually transmitted disease, and other health implications. Taking into consideration the vagina’s ability to absorb drugs and chemicals 10 to 18 times greater than that of a drug taken orally, it becomes a health concern. Although huge strides have been made in regards to the chemical ingredients found in feminine hygiene products, not enough research has been done to know how these chemicals are really affecting women. The Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act of 2015 is working on raising awareness and funding for more research on how these chemicals are affecting women’s health. However, more public health education is needed so women are aware of the chemicals found in feminine hygiene products, their potential adverse health effects and how to limit their exposure.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jennifer L. Hall

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Apr 6th, 9:30 AM Apr 6th, 9:45 AM

The secrets about feminine hygiene products

Hopwood Auditorium

Menstruation is an inevitable aspect of being a woman. On average, a woman menstruates approximately 500 times, using roughly 11,800 tampons in her lifetime. Tampons and other feminine hygiene products contain a variety of chemicals such as dioxins, furan, pesticide residue, formaldehyde, parabens, synthetic fibers and fragrances. These chemicals have the potential to mess up the natural environment of the vagina making a woman more susceptible to toxic shock syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, vaginitis, sexually transmitted disease, and other health implications. Taking into consideration the vagina’s ability to absorb drugs and chemicals 10 to 18 times greater than that of a drug taken orally, it becomes a health concern. Although huge strides have been made in regards to the chemical ingredients found in feminine hygiene products, not enough research has been done to know how these chemicals are really affecting women. The Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act of 2015 is working on raising awareness and funding for more research on how these chemicals are affecting women’s health. However, more public health education is needed so women are aware of the chemicals found in feminine hygiene products, their potential adverse health effects and how to limit their exposure.

https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/2016/Presentations/3