Health concerns with colored toilet paper

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Less than 30 years ago, a totally colour-coordinated bathroom was in vogue--down to the toilet paper. Coloured paper, frequently accompanied by a fragrance, was expected in the well-dressed home.

However, in 1987 the FDA revolutionised the cosmetics industry by placing a ban on certain dyes and scents since it saw an alarming increase of cancer in laboratory animals that were exposed to dyes and fragrances. There were, and are, other concerns that led to the eradication of coloured toilet paper. As a result, tinted toilet paper has all but disappeared from the market. Today, due to environmental concerns, the only colour of toilet paper is "green."

Cervical Cancer

The FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services placed a ban on dyes used in the colouration of toilet paper in 1987 due to an increased risk of cancer in laboratory animals. It was presumed that the close proximity of these dyes to a woman's reproductive organs would lead to an increased spike in cervical cancer.

Rectal Issues

The use of scented and dyed toilet paper can lead to inflammation and itchiness of the rectal area. Additionally, it is a good health habit to look at your excrement every so often to examine it for blood in the stool. Coloured paper gets in the way of this visual health check.

Urinary Tract Infections

Coloured toilet paper is extremely irritating to the vaginal area,and is one of the causes cited for urinary tract infections.

Yeast Infections

According to MedlinePlus, one of the first questions a doctor asks a woman with a yeast infection is if she is using coloured or perfumed toilet paper. A direct cause and effect is established between the two.

Septic System Cleanliness

The dye used in coloured toilet paper is bad for household septic systems since it doesn't break down at the same rate as the paper. It puts an increased strain on the system, causing backups of the septic system, which can cause sewage waste to re-enter the home, causing an obvious health hazard.

A Healthy Environment

Adding dyes and fragrances causes an increased strain on the environment, and consumers don't need or want these byproducts in their toilet paper. Today's savvy consumer demands all natural products that are free of dyes and perfume. Using white or even unbleached toilet paper is a small way to help preserve the environment, which leads to a healthier planet.