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Beauty products may harm women's hormones

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Exposure to a cocktail of different widely used in and can lead to changes in women's reproductive hormones, a study has found.

Researchers from in the US collected total of 509 urine samples were from 143 women aged 18 to 44 years.

They measured for environmental that are found in personal care products, such as parabens, which are antimicrobial preservatives, and benzophenones, which are ultraviolet filters.

"This study is the first to examine mixtures of that are widely used in in relation to hormones in healthy, reproductive-age women, using multiple measures of exposure across the menstrual cycle, which improved upon research that relied on one or two measures of chemicals," said Anna Pollack, an from

This multi-approach more closely reflects real world environmental exposures and shows that even low-level exposure to mixtures of chemicals may affect reproductive levels.

The study also found that certain and UV filters were associated with decreased reproductive hormones in multi-exposures while others were associated with increases in other reproductive hormones, underscoring the complexities of these chemicals.

"What we should take away from this study is that we may need to be careful about the chemicals in the beauty and we use," said Pollack.

"We have early indicators that chemicals such as parabens may increase estrogen levels. If this finding is confirmed by additional research, it could have implications for such as breast cancer," she said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 17:55 IST