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Why Preservatives are Bad for Your Vagina

Chia Chia Sun

Posted on October 06 2017

Treat your vagina to the best ingredients

Women have 6 times higher levels of parabens and triclosan (chemical preservatives) in our urine compared to men, as found recently in a study of 1,831 men and women aged 12 and over. This is likely due to the comparatively higher usage of personal care products by women compared to men.

Chemical preservatives have been shown in animal studies to disrupt hormone function and recently, these results have been confirmed in studies involving human tissue.

This Cedars Sinai study in human tissue is important because we cannot test the harmful effects of preservatives in human trials (this would be unethical) so we have had to extrapolate from studies completed in animals. What the human tissue study demonstrates is that 3 common chemicals found in our environment - whether in plastic, cookware products or food preservatives - contribute to disruption of our hormones and may lead to obesity and even possibly fetal defects.

The power of preservatives to disrupt hormones is especially important for the vaginal tissue. Our vaginal tract contains estrogen receptors, i.e. cells that bind estrogen. If we are applying chemical preservatives that disrupt our estrogen binding, we may be increasing the risk of vaginal dryness and other hormonal conditions.

The increasing evidence around harmful chemical preservatives - and particularly the unknown long-term effects - is the reason why we aim for 100% natural in our women’s health products. We believe that our lady parts deserve the best.

Chia Chia Sun

Chia Chia Sun

Chia Chia is a women’s health entrepreneur, CEO and taboo abolisher. Her three graduate degrees (master’s in genetics, master’s in bioethics and MBA in corporate finance) culminated in a career spent mostly in the pharmaceutical industry and now as the brains behind Damiva, a women’s health company that makes natural pharmacy products. Trained as a clinician and genetic cancer researcher, she’s an Expert at presenting data and giving risk. Chia Chia has developed expertise and a wealth of knowledge about the importance of hormonal health at every stage of life. She loves to share her knowledge and use it to break down taboos and change the ways in which we make products for women, interact in our daily relationships and portray women in media. As an invited expert to Hollywood, Health & Society -- the organization that consults to Hollywood about portrayal of medical issues -- Chia Chia’s expertise is being disseminated across the entertainment industry.

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