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The ugly side of beauty: Chemicals in cosmetics threaten college-age women’s reproductive health

Walk through the personal care aisles of your local store and you’ll see dozens of products that promise to soften your skin, make you smell better, extend your lashes, decrease wrinkling, tame your curly hair, or even semi-permanently change the color of your lips, hair or skin. Remember the adage “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”? Many of product promises like these are based on chemicals that can also be hazardous to your health, including endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that can interfere with fertility and reproductionfetal growth and infant development. That’s a big concern, as these products are heavily marketed to young women in the years before they might consider starting a family.

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