Period underwear, amiright? They're like the superhero of the menstrual world, saving the day when it comes to leaks and stains. But what if we told you that some period underwear brands have been found to have detectable traces of a pretty nasty chemical called PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)?
PFAS are a group of chemicals that are used in a variety of everyday products, like nonstick waffle-makers and stain-resistant or water resistant clothing like rain coats, but they've been linked to some not-so-fun health issues like cancer and immune system problems.
So, why the concern when it comes to period underwear? For starters, these chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, meaning that if you're wearing period underwear that contains PFAS, you're basically taking a chemical bath every month. Also, PFAS can be tough to remove from the environment, which means they can stick around in the water and soil for years, possibly contaminating the food and water we consume.
In 2019, some other period underwear companies were hit with a lawsuit claiming their products had high levels of PFAS and they failed to disclose this information to customers. They denied the allegations, and settled the case and paid million in damages.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from PFAS in period undies? The first step is to choose a brand that's upfront about the materials they use and is committed to using safe, non-toxic materials, or possibly even medically-recognized *wink* *wink*! Additionally, you can look for period underwear that's made from natural fibers like cotton, which are less likely to contain PFAS.
In conclusion, PFAS in period underwear can be a real bummer for both your health and the environment. Be sure to choose a brand that's transparent about the materials they use and opt for natural fibers like cotton to reduce your risk of exposure. Remember, your period is already tough enough, don't let dangerous chemicals make it even harder.