Perfume or Poison? Micro*enis & Phthalates?!
February 20, 2018
Fragrance doesn't smell so sweet when you find out what's inside. Phthalates, which are known xenoestrogens found in perfumes, fragrances and colognes are linked to hormone related issues like micropenis, undescended testicles, hypospadias, ovarian dysfunction and uterine fibroids. In fact phthalates are linked to so many hormone issues I can't list them all!
One study released in a Cambridge Journal found prenatal phthalate exposure was associated with a reduction in the stretch length of the male penis in human offspring. Researchers are saying "human exposure to phthalates is a public health concern!" Another study linked multiple abnormalities of human male reproductive function, including lower sperm count and testicular cancer, to phthalate exposure.
Micro or Not? Get the Facts!
How do you know if you have a micro penis? Well, according to a recent study, -2.5 SD (standard deviation) means you've got one. Check out this chart to understand what the standard really is. Insufficient testosterone production is one known cause of micropenis. A 2009 study points to phthalates as a cause of low testosterone production due to it's anti-androgen actions.
Otters are Worried, You Should Be Too!
Not concerned yet? You would be if you were an otter! A new study in at the University of Cardiff in Wales has discovered the connection between endocrine disruptors in water and the shrinking penis size of otters.
Where are Phthalates Found?
Phthalates are found in your perfume, cologne and fragrance to ensure their scents are long lasting. To make your body lotion, hair conditioner and facial moisturizer effectively soften your hair and skin, manufactures add phthalates. In your baby's world phthalates are in their soothers, little rubber ducks and soft chewy toys.
A report from the World Health Organization notes "increased exposure to phthalates can result in cancer and/or reproductive toxicity". A little exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals like phthalates can do a lot of damage!
Why are Phthalates Used?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), phthalates are a group of chemicals used as plasticizers to soften plastic and are of concern due to their toxicity level. Phthalates provide flexibility and durability to plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and hold the scent of a perfume for an extended period of time. Cosmetic companies use phthalates in their formulations because they have great skin and hair softening qualities.
What Can I Do?
How does one avoid phthalates? It's simpler than you might think. Read my other blog posts to discover real answers that are simple and easy to apply to your daily life.
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by Bonnie Penner
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