This article is intended to make the information of reproductive toxins in personal care products available and accessible in one place. It is my goal to provide a comprehensive view of what can be harming your ability to become pregnant.
The potential for damage to the reproductive system within your daily use personal care items increases every day. Of the thousands of synthetic chemicals, there are quite a few that have shown, when tested on animals, to be toxic to embryo, fetus, hormone disruptor, endocrine disruptor, cause spontaneous abortions and more. In this post, I want to focus solely on the known chemicals that cause damage to reproductive systems, (reproductive toxins) and unborn child. To have this information, using it to remove these toxins from products used daily on skin and some are inhaled when breathing even. Possibly, maybe and hopefully the removal of these synthetic chemicals could make a difference in your ability to conceive.
“Under the FD & C Act, cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives, do not require FDA approval before they go on the market…”FDA Website
Recently, I came across information on a drug Diethylstilbestrol or DES that is a pharmaceutical prescribed to women considered high risk of miscarriage and complications in pregnancy, DES is an oestrogen, replacement female synthetic sex hormone commonly prescribed during the years 1938-1971, although not solely in North America, Europe, Australia and the UK.
At the time, DES was given quite freely and seen as a blessing to women with a past history of miscarriages who were finally able to give birth to a child they could watch grow and have children of their own. Only, not many of them went on to have children of their own.
The first generation of daughters began having a rare form of vaginal cancer, adenocarcinoma. At the time, the FDA warned against continuing to prescribe after a report linked the two. Distilbene was a European version that was continued 5 years past (1977) the link between the rare cancer and DES was publicly known and the FDA warning.
DES is a teratogen, causes malformation, birth defects in the embryo or fetus. Both male and female children are affected with most exposed were born or pregnant between the years 1938-1971, although this is not the only time. There is a possibility that 3rd generations of births can be affected.
Some, NOT ALL, of the known damages to be aware of are breast cancer, miscarriages, cancers, reproductive abnormalities, ectopic pregnancy in daughters, unstable endocrine and/or immune system
The reason I am writing this blog is to add a second, or third, maybe 50th? Layer to the issue of reproductive difficulties. If you, or someone you know, are having a difficult time conceiving, there may be an attack on your reproductive system being played out, every day, adding to the problem. If you have already been exposed to reproductive toxins in another form, then these chemicals being applied to skin, when used in a hot shower, opened pores and absorbed even more or otherwise applied to skin, will still be absorbed into your bloodstream at over 60% of what has been applied, delivered to each cell and organ in under 30 seconds. These chemicals, used on skin, could be compounding the attack on your ability to conceive. The list of ‘Infertility Chemicals” will give you an idea of the ingredients to avoid for your reproductive health.
Cosmetics are not just eyeshadow, lipstick, powder and haircolor:
“ The(FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance” [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)]. Among the products included in this definition are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, cleansing shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, and deodorants, as well as any substance intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.”~ (FDA website)
In the 10,500 chemicals used by the cosmetics industry, approximately only 15%, or 1600 have ever been tested for the effects on humans. Of the ones that have been tested, most were created for industrial use. The accompanying MSDS sheets for many of the chemicals that have them will instruct for handling: no skin contact. Handling is only done with full protective gear including face mask, eye protection and respirators.
Tertatogens– cause birth defects, congenital malformation or deformities on embryo or fetus. When exposed during first two weeks of gestation will usually kill the embryo.
Genotoxin-damage to DNA molecule in genes, causing mutations, tumors, cancer, etc
Mutagen-changes genetic mutation, usually of DNA, likely leading to cancer
Toxin– a poison, contaminant, poisonous substance can cause disease on contact with or absorption. Can vary from minor to acute
Hemotoxin- destruction of blood cells
My reason for writing this is to make available the potential for damage to the reproductive system within your daily use personal care items. Of the thousands of synthetic chemicals, there are quite a few that have shown, when tested on animals, to be toxic to embryo, fetus, hormone disruptor, endocrine disruptor, cause spontaneous abortions and more. In this post, I want to focus solely on the known chemicals that cause damage to reproductive systems and unborn child. To have this information, using it to remove these toxins from products used daily on skin and some are inhaled when breathing even. Possibly, maybe and hopefully the removal of these synthetic chemicals could make a difference in your ability to conceive. Removing or at least limiting, the use of these “infertility chemicals” could increase your chances to have a child.
“Under the FD & C Act, cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives, do not require FDA approval before they go on the market…”~FDA Website
Infertility Chemicals, Reproductive Toxins
that could be affecting your body’s ability to conceive:
BA(Bisphenol) Hormone disruptor, obesity
Boric acid Banned in Japan and Canada! Reproductive toxin, strong endocrine disruptor, unsafe for use with infants, animal testing: death, birth defects.
Butylated Hydrotoulene (BHT) endocrine disruptor, toxic to reproductive system, skin and lungs in low dose, animal testing lead to death. May contain toluene . Liver, stomach cancers, thrombosis, brain and liver damage, fibrosis, skin, eye irritant also listed as BHT (butylated hydroxytoulene, E 324)
Chloracetamide: Banned in Canada. Strong skin, eye, lung irritant. Toxic if inhaled, causes paralysis, goiter, birth defects in animals. MSDS supplied information: Mutagenic/teratogenic/developemental toxicity: No Data/ No Research
DiethanolamineDEA/MEA/TEA: found in over 600 personal care products. easily absorbed through skin, a carcinogen, hormone disruptor and teratogen-affect fetal brain development. Health risk to children, linked to miscarriage and detrimental to developing brain. Significant cumulative toxicity. Damage to spleen, liver, kidneys, pancreas, nerve damage to brain and spinal cord, mounting tissue, eye problems, nerve damage, premature death. Animal testing shows cancer when applied to skin.
EDTA Toxic to: respiratory tract, eyes, skin, kidney damage, Toxic to: reproductive effects, fertility, post implantation, mortality, mutagenicity,morphological changes in chromosome structure of plant and animal cells, , FETAL EFFECTS embryo or fetus, stunted fetus, developemental abnormalities, cardiovascular, mortality, Ecological and environmental soil perversion, marine life, aquatic organisms, leaches through soil into groundwater
**Formaldehyde: Banned in Canada and Japan, U.S. determined safe for use in cosmetics. May or may not be a listed ingredient. Respiratory toxicant, eyes, carcinogen linked to: leukemia, pancreatic, skin, liver and lung, stomach, kidneys, bladder immunotoxicity, genotoxin, environmental toxin. Ingredients likely to contain Formaldehyde; imadazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyquaternium compounds.
Formalin(Formaldehyde Solution) Banned in Canada and European Union. Linked to Leukemia, nasal, bladder, liver and nasopharyngeal cancer, neurotoxin human and animals
**“Fragrance” this one word cloaks any combination of over 3500 different chemical. When you see “fragrance” it is considered “Proprietary” and does not require disclosure. One of the chemicals that will never be listed on its own isphthalates, it is always hidden under fragrance.
can cause hormone and endocrine disruptors, nervous system
Hexylene Glycol Toxicological data: oral, Dermal, Acute, Hazardous skin contact, eye, inhalation. Toxic kidneys, nervous system, liver. Sensitizer,Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, Teratogenic, Developemental Toxicity.. No Information Available/Data From MSDS
Lead acetate human reproductive system toxin impair development
Mercury (thimerosal) eye drops, ointments, mascaras toxic human reproductive system, development
Parabens hormone disruptor, Found inside breast cancer tumors. All chemicals ending in –paraben, -eth, “PEG” compounds, irritant skin, eye,endocrine disruptor, breast, ovarian cancer, environmental contaminant. Immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, acts like estrogen in body. Butylparaben, Methylparaben, ethylparaben, ceteth, ceteareth, laureth, etc
Sodium lauryl sulphate SLS/sodium laureth sulfate SLES damage to reproductive system, immune system and damage to developing eyes (children)
Phthalates Listed as “fragrance” or “ parfum”, a.carrier for synthetic fragrance, never listed. this is a penetration enhancer, moisturizer. Disrupts hormone & endocrine systems, obesity, respitory toxin, allergies, kidney& liver damage,Teratogen reproductive & organ toxin. Neurotoxicant, impaired infertility, urinary abnormalities, breast & ovarian cancers, contaminates wildlife. Over one billion tons of phthalates produced worldwide each year. Recent study of 2,500 people found metabolites of at least one phthalates in 97% of those tested.
(a.k.a.dibutyl phthalate (DBP) di(2-ethylhehyl) phthalste (DEHP) butyl benzyl phthalate,) this is a potential to cause harm and negative effects on early development. Target males in utero and after birth.)
Toulene , toluol, methylbenzene, nail polish. May cause spontaneous abortion. Irritant to skin, respiratory tract, hazard to CNS, eyes, blood, liver, kidneys, skin, cause liver damage
PPD, p-phenylenediamine thought to be a mutagen, cause genetic mutations
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Permanently damage and corrode hair follicle, skin toxin/corrodes permanent eye damage children, mutagen, liver toxin, immunotoxicity, capable of changing information of genetic material found in cells, breaking skin structure, induce mutations, carcinogen“Foaming” agent/surfactant. Concrete floor cleaner, engine degreaser, car wash detergent. , Includes: Ammonium lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, any combination of: Disodium/oleamide/sulfosuccinate, etc and may contain the contaminant
**Additional cause for concern..When Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is combines with other chemicals it can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class or carcinogen. A few of these chemicals: Cocoyl sarcosing, DEA, MEA, TEA, Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60, etc, lauryl sarcosine, hydrolyzed animal protein, formaldehyde, imadazolidinyl urea, 2-bromo-nitropropane-1, 3dial and any product derived from petroleum , paraffin, petroleum, mineral oil, petrolatum, parabens, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate, PEG, 1, 4 Dioxane, and many others
Triclosan, often one of chemicals not listen due to being included in “fragrance”. Anti-bacterial, anti-mold properties a.k.a. 5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenosy)phenol, CAS 3380-34-5). Possible reproductive, hormone disruptor
Although this list could easily overwhelm you and cause frustration. Taking it as a whole could make it seem like there is no way to tackle such a time consuming chore as reading every ingredient list of each product to remove the ones that contain these most harmful ones. Once the harmful products have been removed, what are you supposed to use to clean and prepare your skin and hair?
This is why us at Spa Secrets 4 U and other, similar businesses of natural products, are doing what we do. We are trying to make sure you have healthy, safe and effective replacement options for products you have chosen to stop using from containing ingredients you are unwilling to support.
When you look through the products we offer at Spa Secrets 4 U, you will see we offer very healthy choices that use top quality all natural, organic, plant based ingredients that are chosen for the beneficial properties they contribute to the overall product to nourish your skin and hair. We offer a considerable variety of products from at home, daily use spa treatments based on the same, exclusive ancient method of healing used in the best, 5-star resort spas and an impressive selection of family personal care from premium therapeutic spa treatments, to skin care, baby care, hair care, and even a selection of Dog Spa shampoo so even your 4-legged family members are cared for properly.
Spa Secrets 4 U, and others, are trying to help you by taking the stress out of using all natural skin and hair care products, making it easier for you to make healthy choices, reducing the amount of unhealthy chemicals you and your family uses. We invite you to take a visit to our Bath and Beauty Shop see how easy it is to find exactly what would work for you and your family.
Do keep in mind, read labels and check ingredients.
Don’t just jump in and order the first products you find claiming to be all natural. Just like with any product that has the potential to help or harm, there will be businesses with respect for you and your health and some that are only concerned about getting your money out of your hand and into theirs.
You need to do your research on natural products and the business you purchase them from.
Some things to look for: Do they provide full disclosure of ingredients? or do they hide some behind the words “fragrance” or “parfum”? Are the products colorful? Do they list “mineral” “pigment” “mica” as ingredients? What do they use for preservatives if they have products that contain water? How much water is in these products? In many cases, preservatives end up being a harmful synthetic chemical. Look up the preservatives and do some research. A good judge of the commitment to no synthetic chemicals is the packaging. Any time you have a product made with “ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS” that is in a plastic tube, bottle or other container, the chemicals, toxic, will leach into that product for the entire time it lasts. Then the chemicals will continue to leach into our soil, groundwater, food crops and ocean for the next 450-1000 years until it breaks down. Not so safe. An article on Green packaging.
See if the business provides transparency, a story, a reason that lets you be aware of their reasons behind their commitment to making what they do. In this case, why is making safe, all natural products important to them? We have ours on our “About Us” page. Many small online natural companies also have theirs somewhere on their website. This “WHY?” is important. have a big name, or the highest prices, to provide top quality products. It is more of a commitment to go that extra step.
I cannot guarantee that removing these ingredients from your daily regimen will improve your chances of adding to your family, but I can say it will not cause you any harm. If nothing else, exposing your body and health to less toxins on a daily basis will help you feel as if your body is able to breathe, you will feel a bit lighter, have more energy and your outlook will begin to improve.
Maybe a change to natural skincare will be a benefit; maybe feeling better overall will help. Maybe it will lead to a better chance. I cannot say, I am not a doctor.
I am a person who believes in the positive impact on your body when you switch to natural, pure and organic products and end the use of toxic, damaging, immunotoxin, carcinogen, mutagen, skin toxin, skin corrosive, respiratory toxin, kidney toxin…I can continue but I think you get the idea.
At Spa Secrets 4 U, we want to give you the safe, healthy future that you and your family deserve. If you do find yourself expanding your family, or already have children, you might be interested in reading this article about Toxic Baby Bath products and how to avoid them
Good Luck, You deserve Good Health for You and Your Family.
If you want to find skin & hair products that contain no synthetic chemicals, are safe for entire family and good for your health, a good place to start is our Bath and Beauty Shop.