Ingredient in Sunscreen Linked to Endometriosis

A new study suggests that there is a potential link between an ingredient in sunscreen and an increased risk of endometriosis - a painful condition that causes uterine tissue to grow outside of the uterus.

The study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, is the first to examine the link between endometriosis and benzophenone (BP), an ingredient in sunscreen that mimics the effects of the female hormone, estrogen. BP ingredients effectively block ultraviolet rays from the sun, according to Science Daily. Tiny amounts of BPs may go through the skin and be absorbed into the blood.

Researchers analyzed BP levels in the urine of 625 women who had surgery for endometriosis. High levels of a BP known as 2, 4 OH-BP were linked to an increased risk of developing the condition. Endometriosis affects up to 1-in-10 women.

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