Keeping Your Vagina Happy & Comfortable Throughout Menopause & Beyond

Keeping Your Vagina Happy & Comfortable Throughout Menopause & Beyond

You know the old saying, “there are only a few guarantees in life...” and I’m not talking about death and taxes. I’m referring to menopause and vaginal dryness. The sooner we ladies accept these truths, the better prepared we will be to actively manage what often takes us by surprise, and in this case it’s vaginal dryness.

Unlike hot flashes and night sweats, which will eventually cease, vaginal changes due to diminished estrogen production during menopause are chronic and progressive over time, if left untreated. Women complain of an unpleasant and constant “awareness of their vagina”. They typically suffer with gradual and worsening symptoms including: dryness, irritation, itching, pain and bleeding during sex, as well as proneness to infection and urinary complaints.

The medical term for these uncomfortable symptoms is vaginal atrophy. Anyone in menopause is at risk but complaints are typically more intense and more sudden in onset, especially in those women who smoke, those with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy or taking anti-estrogen medications and in those who have had their ovaries removed before natural menopause.

So, while vaginal atrophy can be chronic and progressive, there are options available to heal, hydrate and renew thinning vaginal tissue.

Enter, hyaluronic acid; a naturally occurring super moisturizer. It is found in nature, as well as is naturally occurring in the body, and can retain up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture. It has been used for years both safely and effectively in the dermatology, anti-aging, cosmetic and orthopedic realms.

Revaree® is a solid, easy to use, mess and applicator free insert placed vaginally every 2-3 days, ideally at bedtime. Revaree® is easily inserted manually with your fingers into the vagina with the rounded edge first. The insert dissolves at body temperature in approximately 30 minutes. Women typically report improvement in symptoms of atrophy in just 9 days and research confirms these findings. Revaree® is best used regularly, since it won’t be long after discontinuing use that those miserable symptoms of atrophy will quickly recur. Trust me!

Unlike with other vaginal creams where “what goes up must come down…” women will not notice the same mess or copious discharge after using Revaree®. Some women have reported a minute oily droplet in the toilet upon awakening; but rest assured, this is not unusual and is nothing to worry about. In rare situations, women have reported a burning sensation with initial use; the vast majority notice this quickly resolves. As with any new product, if burning or irritation persists or worsens, use should be discontinued and a visit with your gynecologist is in order. It’s important to remember that some women might be initially sensitive to ingredients.

Keep in mind, when it comes to feminine hygiene and bath products during menopause, less is more. Harsh fragrances can irritate the delicate genital area. Douches are a definite no-no since the vaginal pH can be disrupted and lead to infection. Fun fact; the vagina has its own mechanisms to keep itself clean and pH balanced; vigorous scrubbing on the inside is just not necessary. 

Less estrogen means less blood flow to the vagina. Less blood flow leads to atrophy. The solution? Have more sex. Sexual arousal and orgasm, whether partnered or solo, can work to enhance blood flow and maintain a healthy vagina.

Now is the opportune moment to ask ourselves, isn’t it time to take an active, or better yet, a proactive role in maintaining our vaginal health? Remember, vaginal atrophy is treatable. We know menopause is a fact of life; so bring it on! Vaginal dryness, on the other hand? No thanks! Moisturize regularly. After all, we surely would not skip our regular facial moisturizer or body lotion. Don’t forget your vagina.

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27 comments

I, too, have found Revaree to be the long-searched for answer to my dryness and itching. But I also agree there is need for a reusable applicator (maybe an optional purchase?) for those of us with short fingers and/or arthritis. I never feel like I have placed the insert adequately. Thanks for a great product!

Sharon

I have tried other products for vaginal dryness/atrophy. This is the best by far. However, I agree with Nina from Oct 13, 2021 that an applicator would be great to be able to place it further in the vagina and I have long fingers. I have tried improvising with an applicator from Monistat cream, but would prefer one that is designed specifically for the product.

SueAnn

I am delighted to have learned about Revaree. My MD recommended using it after i experienced repeated UTI’s and severe vaginal burning. After using the suppository once, I could feel the difference immediately, and now, after a couple of weeks, my vagina feels normal once again, which is to say, I don’t feel it at all (unless I want to:)

Nancy W

Love this product as it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Noticed improvement almost immediately. Burning and discomfort completely disappeared. My one complaint is that I wish it came with a reusable applicator. Some of us have small hands and short fingers and an applicator would be most welcome to really place the suppository properly. I hope Bonafide will consider this option. It would only make a great product perfect!

Nina

I have been experiencing severe vaginal dryness for the years. However, in the last six months I noticed it was worse. I was getting a burning sensation thinking there was something wrong I ran to the gynecologist. She prescribed a cream that was messy but it did not help with the burning. I will be 71 years old in December and have been a widow for almost 17 years. That being said I have not been sexually active for over six years. So at first I didn’t notice it because I wasn’t using it LOL. Until I began to feel constant burning. I began dating in July. . and when I attempted to have sex in September, it was horrific I was bleeding. I was embarrassed it was terrible. I heard about Revaree and had attempted to use it about several months ago but since I was not having sex I thought why spending $40 nor was I experiencing the burning. However the burning did return and now I have been using Revaree for over a month. The burning has subsided and I’m looking forward to one day soon having comfortable sexual activity with my new guy. Thank you so much for this product I know it’s going to work because it has to.

Phyllis Bradford

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