If you spend hours grooming before a date, I have bad news: Your soap is actually hurting your sex drive. Same with your toothpaste, deodorant and body wash. Whomp.
New research discovered that the chemical triclosan, often found in antibacterial products, decreases testosterone in men, estrogen in women and overall immune health. The soap industry began using the compound about 40 years ago, and although it’s an effective way of cleansing bacteria from your skin, there are risks associated with it. In addition to killing your libido, it also causes muscle weakness and hinders muscle activity, which can create erectile issues and cause fatigue.
But there’s good news, too! After years of research and consumer complaints, the FDA is finally saying “boy, bye” to the chemical. It’s one of 19 chemicals in soaps and body wash that will be banned starting in September, and many manufacturers are already ditching the chemical. Minnesota, for example, already instated a ban after finding traces of triclosan in lakes and rivers.
In the meantime, be on the lookout for “triclosan” listed under “active ingredients” when buying soap or hygiene products. Sure, you may want to smell nice for your date, but is falling asleep after one glass of wine really worth it?