“Gender-bending chemicals found in non-stick pans and food packaging are linked to early menopause,” reported the Daily Mail. It said researchers have found that perfluorocarbons (PFCs) are associated with hormone disruption in women.
The Mail’s focus on saucepans may give the impression that saucepans or other household objects were analysed in this study. However, the study actually assessed levels of PFCs in people in the US whose drinking water may have been contaminated with high levels of the chemicals. It found that in women of menopausal and pre-menopausal age, those with the highest levels of PFCs in their blood were 1.4 times more likely to have been through menopause than those with the lowest.