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7 Interesting Things to Know About Condoms. Photo Credit: Shutterstock June 15th marks the beginning of National Men’s Health Week.

7 Interesting Things to Know About Condoms

During this time of year, health care providers and public policy makers work to heighten awareness of preventable health problems in men and boys. We’re kicking off our conversation with condoms. AlterNet spoke with Dr. Emily Morse, sex and relationship expert and host of the podcast Sex With Emily. As the conversation progressed, we discovered the world of condoms is more a lot more complicated than we thought. 1. The phrase “one size fits all” may apply to leggings and leotards but it does not hold true in the condom universe. Society seems to place a heavy emphasis on the importance of being hung.

As Morse explained, having delusions about your condom size can put both you and your partner at risk. Styles like LifeStyles’ Snugger Fit are made shorter and narrow than the average condom. And if you’re worried about the label says you can always take the product out of the box. 2. CPAP Machines and CPAP Masks for the Treatment of Sleep Apnea. Lifehacker. Your Nail Polish Could Be Disrupting Your Hormone System. As my 10-year old daughter handed me her sleeping bag and pillow after the spa party, I noticed that her nails were decorated with multi-colored stickers.

Your Nail Polish Could Be Disrupting Your Hormone System

She said that she knew I worked in environmental health and wouldn’t want her to get her nails painted. I cringed but simultaneously rejoiced. I had officially become “that mom”—the one whose kid passed on nail polish because it might be toxic. I was especially relieved when I saw the latest report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the nonprofit research and advocacy organization where I am executive director. That report, called “Nailed: Endocrine Disruptor in Nail Polish Gets in Women’s Bodies,” reaffirmed my daughter’s choice to skip nail polish. These findings could have serious implications for nail polish users, especially for children, ‘tweens and teens. What’s worse, nail art is all the rage among the vulnerable age group. These girls are likely to have been exposed to TPHP from multiple sources over years. Why are makeup companies able to give breast cancer patients toxic products? No industry has aligned itself more closely with the breast cancer movement than the cosmetics industry.

Why are makeup companies able to give breast cancer patients toxic products?

It’s long flooded the market with pink ribbon products: pink ribbon lipstick, pink ribbon nail polish, pink ribbon perfume. Yet while they prominently claim to care about women with breast cancer, their pink ribbon products all too often actually increase risk of the disease – and, as if that’s not bad enough, they’re also pushing toxic products on women in active cancer treatment. Look Good Feel Better is a psychosocial support program run by the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), the largest national trade group for the cosmetics industry, and the American Cancer Society (ACS), the nation’s largest cancer charity. They hold free workshops that give beauty tips and complimentary makeup kits to women in cancer treatment – support that some women understandably value while facing a cancer diagnosis and treatments that may alter their appearance. 84,000 Chemicals. Photo Credit: Goodluz/Shutterstock.com There are around 84,000 chemicals on the market, and we come into contact with many of them every single day.

84,000 Chemicals

And if that isn't enough to cause concern, the shocking fact is that only about 1 percent of them have been studied for safety. In 2010, at a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, Lisa Jackson, then the administrator of the EPA, put our current, hyper-toxic era into sharp perspective: "A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than any other generation in our history. " Just consider your morning routine: If you're an average male, you use up to nine personal care products every single day: shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hair conditioner, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion and shaving products — amounting to about 85 different chemicals.

Skin Toxins. © Getty Images The skin is the body's largest organ.

Skin Toxins

And it's ravenous. People are wearing patches that pump nicotine and birth control into their bodies. If the skin is an effective conduit for medicines, it's also wide open for toxins. What's unfortunate is that many toxins meeting your skin are applied by choice, particularly cosmetics. According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman uses 12 "beauty" products per day, containing about 168 ingredients. Gloria Aparicio, a representative of NYR Organic Skin and Body Care, a natural cosmetics company, has a top five list of additives that some studies have found questionable: parabens, phthalates, BHT and BHA, petrolatum, any kind of synthetic fragrances, and DEA. Pause here to Google.

It may be cliché, but if you have to have a degree in chemistry to pronounce the ingredient, stay away, said Sayer Ji, director of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of The Cancer Killers.