Hello dear women,
Well…I have some bad news about this product. I hate to be the one to deliver it because I was thrilled there was something out there helping and had it in my mind that someone had already looked up the ingredients.
Apparently not because I just had a look myself and am horrified. Here are the ingredients according to Amazon – who must be selling a ton of this stuff:
Purified Water, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Polycarbophil, Carbomer 934P, Hydrogenated Palm Oil Glyceride, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide.
Let’s just say it goes downhill after the purified water. There have been significant concerns about glycerin for decades, but now OSHA has gotten on board:
“Glycerin was long considered to be nontoxic; however, there are indications that the mist may be injurious to the kidneys at very high exposure levels (Campanacci 1965/Ex. 1-1047). NIOSH (Ex. 8-47) states that, at high concentrations, exposure may cause hemolysis, hemoglobinuria, and renal failure.
OSHA is establishing an 8-hour TWA limit of 10 mg/m3 (total particulate) and retaining the 5-mg/m3 (respirable particulate) limit for glycerin mist. The Agency concludes that these limits will provide protection against the significant risks of glycerin exposure, which include kidney damage and, perhaps, testicular.”
Granted, this is glycerin mist – but the exposure vaginal tissue is receiving from this product is possibly many times higher.
The Carbomer 934P may be a relatively non-toxic filler, but the solvent used in its manufacture is…BENZENE! Ask any chemist and they will tell you that benzene rings are one of the most deadly molecules on the planet. Some of this substance is made using a benzene free solvent – but we have no way of knowing which is used in Replens (probably the cheapest.)
Methylparaben is used extensively in the manufacture of food and cosmetics, but its safety is also being widely questioned – particularly because of suspected estrogenic effects.
Sodium Hydroxide is another term for lye and what lye is doing in a vaginal product is beyond unclear.
The transfat and mineral oil are relatively non-toxic if applied externally, but the whole “magic” about the polycarbophil molecule in Replens, and other drugs like laxatives, is that its electric charge is such that it forces both water and other substances deep into adjacent cells. That’s why Replens is such an effective moisturizer and also why it (polycarbophil) is being looked at as a carrier for all sorts of medications – including bladder drugs. Some of that hydrogenated palm oil may be getting into the blood stream as a result.
I do not know who manufactures Replens – their website is quite obscure – but it is a fact that there is a long history in this country of exposing women to shockingly poisonous vaginal products without a second glance from the FDA.
This certainly isn’t as blatant an exposure as a carcinogenic and illegal pesticide, but I would certainly question its use as a vaginal product.
Btw…isn’t anyone noticing any ill effects from the stuff?