As diligent as you may be about purchasing organic and all natural products, it can still be challenging to avoid harmful toxins in your daily life. Now, a recent study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle has shed light on a potential hazard to this exposure that is specific to women.
According to an FHCRC press release, researchers have found a correlation between exposure to the pesticides beta-hexachlorocyclohexane and mirex and a notably increased risk of developing the gynecological condition endometriosis among reproductive-age women.
Though non-cancerous, endometriosis is a painful and chronic condition that already affects 10 percent of U.S. women in this age bracket, and the study revealed that many who are at high risk had traces of these pesticides in their bloodstream.
"Since endometriosis is an estrogen-driven condition, we were interested in investigating the role of environmental chemicals that have estrogenic properties, such as organochlorine pesticides, on the risk of the disease," said Kristen Upson, Ph.D., one of the lead authors of the study. "The take-home message […] is that persistent environmental chemicals, even those used in the past, may affect the health of the current generation of reproductive-age women with regard to a hormonally driven disease."
Though this form of exposure can be hard to avoid, these findings only serve to emphasize the importance of monitoring the chemicals you come into contact with on a regular basis as closely as possible. This holds especially true for intimate care products. Why subject yourself to potentially toxic substances in your sex aids when you can reap the rewards of sexual satisfaction with all natural lubricants?