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8 Toxic Chemicals Linked to Early Menopause


Let’s see a show of hands ladies—how many of us nuked last night’s dinner in microwavable plastic? And how many of us know if our favorite perfume, body wash, or candle contains phthalates, a chemical used in plastic manufacturing? According to health experts at the Washington University located in St. Louis, Missouri, many chemicals we use unknowingly can trigger early menopause.

Dr, Amber R. Cooper, an Missouri-based infertility and reproductive endocrinology specialist, points to eight chemicals that can prompt menopause up to 4-years earlier…

1. Perfumes and Fragrances

Phthalates may be lurking in your favorite perfume or cologne without your knowledge.  According to the National Institutes of Health, phthalates are chemicals used in hundreds of different consumer products—typically to soften and lend flexibility to vinyl and plastic.

However, in fragrances, phthalates are used to extend scent so that one spritz of your favorite perfume lasts longer. Extensive exposure to certain chemicals, phthalates in particular, have been linked to an early onset of menopause, according to gynecology researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. To find a scent minus the chemical additives, choose an organic, phthalate-free scent and re-apply it more frequently.

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