Columbia University study assesses menstrual product choices by demographics; socioeconomic factors determine attitudes about menstruation and use of intimate care products, while expectations around odor control disproportionately fall on Black women

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December 18, 2023 (press release) –

Recent research conducted by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and collaborators from the Silent Spring Institute, Occidental College, and Black Women for Wellness assesses menstrual product choices by demographics. 
  • Black Americans and people with less formal education are more likely to use scented and scent-altering menstrual and intimate care products than other groups
  • Socioeconomic factors influence the use of intimate care products
  • Expectations around odor control disproportionately fall on Black women, perpetuating stigma around menstruation
  • Understanding the influence of social identity is important for reducing toxic exposures from intimate care products and reducing health inequities
  • Other studies have shown racialized beauty norms motivating the use of chemical hair straighteners and skin lighteners linked to poor health outcomes

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