According to a new study, your makeup products can put you at risk of early menopause. According to the results of the study, the chemicals in lipsticks, face creams and nail polish can speed up the process by four years.
Menopause marks the end of a woman’s fertility and child-bearing years. But research suggests that it’s not just a woman’s age that determines when menopause begins. According to studies, exposure to some chemicals and pollutants also affect the process.
This particular study is one of the most comprehensive studies about menopause-disruptors till date. The research was led by Dr. Amber Cooper, from the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at Washington University in St. Louis. The study findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study analysed the effects of 111 chemicals on 31,575 women. 15 of the 111 chemicals were identified as unsafe by the research team at Washington University in St. Louis and among these harmful chemicals were phthalates, which are chemicals that are used to soften plastics. Phthalates are used in food packaging and household products, as well as beauty products like perfumes, lipsticks, shower gels, hair products and nail polishes.
The scientists examined the levels of 111 chemicals in the blood and urine of the 31,575 women who participated in the study. The study’s findings showed that women with higher levels of some harmful chemicals go through menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels.
A decline in ovarian function not only has an effect on fertility, but can also result in the development of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and other health conditions. Studies also suggest that these chemicals may also raise the risk of some cancers, metabolic syndrome and early puberty in younger females.
“Chemicals linked to earlier menopause may lead to an early decline in ovarian function, and our results suggest we as a society should be concerned,” said senior author of the study, Professor Amber Cooper.
Women should try to lower their exposure to harmful chemicals by using products that don’t contain synthetic fragrance, which is specified on the product label as “fragrance” or “parfum“, as it contains phthalates. Opt for organic beauty products that do not contain pesticide residue and other harmful chemicals.