A post by Dr. Sarah de la Torre that highlights vFit, an at-home device that improves sexual wellness for menopausal women. Take it away, Dr. de la Torre:
Menopause has historically been one of those hush-hush topics often only discussed over a glass of wine with girlfriends. However, with 38 million women at or reaching menopause, we need to open up the dialogue. September is Menopause Awareness Month, making this the perfect time to highlight advances that are helping women welcome this phase of life!
Menopause no longer has to be the overnight aging experience synonymous with declining estrogen, sexual dissatisfaction and bladder leakage. A promising new study on red light therapy, also called photobiomodulation therapy, confirms these aren’t your mother’s menopausal and post-menopausal years.
In fact, many women report feeling more vibrant than ever. After years of insecurity and self-consciousness, many menopausal women note that they finally begin to care less about what others think and most importantly, they start to put their own health and wellbeing in the spotlight.
However, menopause is not without its challenges. It’s all about knowing how to manage these changes. Changes in estrogen levels due to menopause can lead to vaginal dryness, leaving women feeling less comfortable and confident in the sex department. I recommend vFit by Joylux (www.getvfit.com), an at-home intimate wellness device, to my patients to help improve sexual function, sensation, natural lubrication, and confidence. Joylux products use a combination of red light, gentle heat, and sonic technology to safely and effectively address the changes to a woman’s body with menopause and aging.
Sexual wellness is critical to a woman’s overall health and well-being and affects every aspect of her life- including social, emotional and psychological. To have a tool that improves wellness, from a patient’s home, at a fraction of the cost of other solutions is life-changing for my patients.
I recommend women try vFit before opting for other procedures that are more invasive and may have side effects. 95% of women reported improved vaginal wellness after 60 days of use. Many of my patients are so pleased with the results that they find vFit is all they need.
Other tips for managing menopausal symptoms include lifestyle factors, like eating a healthy diet, getting exercise, managing stress well and staying sexually active. For some women, alternative medicine such as plant estrogens, supplements, yoga, and other forms of exercise have been incredibly helpful in alleviating the symptoms of menopause.
Avoiding hot environments, beverages and spicy food can also help alleviate some of the common symptoms of hot flashes. If you have any questions about the right treatment for you, schedule an appointment with your doctor to talk through your options.
Dr. Sarah de la Torre is a board certified Ob-Gyn and women’s wellness expert who has been in conventional Ob-Gyn for 20 years and has specialized training in Functional Medicine. She was a partner in a private group practice for over 15 years where she excelled at caring for women of all ages. She has delivered over 3000 babies and helped countless women have successful pregnancies and improved their gynecologic health.
Dr. de la Torre is on the Clinical Teaching Faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine, has spoken internationally and is a published author of clinical and research articles in women’s health. She is a certified NAMS provider and a Fellow of ACOG. Dr. de la Torre is also a Femtech entrepreneur and thought leader who consults for health-related start-ups and female health device companies. Her singular driving goal is to help women obtain optimal wellness.