A Common Ingredient in Beauty Products Can Lead to Hormone Disruption
Hormone imbalance has become increasingly more common among younger women. Many women suffer from PMS, menstrual problems, irregular cycles, ovarian cysts, fibroids and infertility. While there are several factors that can contribute to these conditions, a common preservative in personal care products may be one of the culprits. Parabens are used in make-up, hair products, deodorants, lotions, creams and many other medical and beauty products. Because parabens have estrogenic or “estrogen-like” activity in the body, high levels can disrupt the normal balance between estrogen and progesterone. This can lead to “estrogen dominant” conditions like menstrual issues, PMS, infertility and other hormone related conditions.
The good news is parabens can be cleared from the body quickly compared to other environmental toxins because they are not stored in fat cells. The key to preventing parabens from causing health problems is to avoid exposure. You can check your products for parabens by looking at the label: it may say “paraben” or “methylparaben.” But, not all parabens are labeled conspicuously — check for other names such as: “ethyl,” “butyl,” “methyl,” and “propyl.” These are also in the paraben family even though the word “paraben” isn’t in the name. Another way to find non-toxic beauty products is to check them on the Environmental Working Group website at ewg.org. The Naturopathic Doctors at Arizona Natural Medicine are knowledgeable about environmental factors that may affect your health. Make an appointment to discuss your case and find the cause of your hormone imbalance.