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Inserted vaginally, the vFit uses red light therapy, comfortable heat, and sonic technology. The vFit has six UV-free LED red lights that safely and effectively stimulate tissues. For decades, research has shown that light in a narrow band of red and near infrared can safely produce health benefits. Light energy is used in numerous health applications, including wound healing, reduction of pain, wrinkle reduction, and now intimate wellness. The device is 9.5 inches or 24 centimeters long.
In addition to the vFit LEDs, gentle heat warms vaginal tissues to encourage blood flow, which in turn helps with hydration by stimulating natural lubrication. The heat also increases the benefit of the LED lights. Finally, the sonic technology offers six vibration modes for customization to stimulate the muscles of the pelvic floor. Purchase Joylux Photonic Gel to use with the vFit Device.
While individual results may vary, after a 60-day study, 95 percent of women felt improved vaginal wellness, and 89 percent experienced increased confidence and sensation. The vFit has been receiving mostly four- and five-star reviews from both women and their partners.
Learn more about the vFit by listening to (or reading) Dr. Barb's interview with the innovator.
Women who want to improve and strengthen pelvic floor muscles, including those facing incontinence, vaginal atrophy, loss of natural lubrication, or ability to achieve orgasm. Making improvements in those areas leads to other health and wellness benefits.
Dr. Barb was introduced to the vFit at a North American Menopause Society annual meeting, as she explains in a Fullness of Midlife podcast. She was impressed the the design and ease of use, as well as the science behind it. It was designed by a team that included OB/GYN and scientific perspectives, has been endorsed by hundreds of doctors, and approved by the FDA.
Note these precautions: Do not use if you are pregnant, believe you may be pregnant, if you are in treatment for cancer, or are using medications or topical creams that increase photosensitivity.
See the enclosed instructions for detailed illustrated instructions.
AH! YES VM is specially formulated to release moisture as it's needed over several days, a property scientifically described as "iso-osmotic." It's identical in water concentration to vaginal tissues, formulated to release water more slowly to provide moisture over several days. AH! YES VM will soothe and calm irritation, itching, and burning with regular use. It's pH balanced and contains no fragrances or coloring and has no taste or residue. Pre-filled single-use applicators enable discreet and hygienic delivery of the right amount of gel to the inside of the vagina.
Choose AH! YES VM vaginal moisturizing gel if you have problems with vaginal dryness. It's especially good if you prefer to use natural organic products, perhaps because of skin sensitivities or allergies.
We like the AH! YES emphasis on "purity, performance, and pleasure," and their statement that "AH! YES has the power to change the world from the inside." We think sexually healthy women have that power, too.
Aqua (water), linum usitatissimum (flax) seed extract*, aloe babadensis leaf juice powder (aloe vera)*, ceratonia siliqua (locust bean gum)*, cyamopsis tetragonolobus (guar gum)* sodium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol. *Organically grown ingredients, certified by The Soil Association, UK
Follow package directions for safe and effective use.
The atrophy that occurs through menopause can lead to discomfort of the vulva and other genital tissues. Decreased hydration and reduced collagen can both play a part, with sensitivity, itching, or burning as a result.
EpiGyn Intimate Calming Cream is formulated with a proprietary complex of fatty acids and lipids that help to activate preoxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in the epidermis. The result is minimized inflammation in sensitive and stressed genital skin.
EpiGyn forms a non-greasy film on the skin's surface to help reduce friction; it also minimizes trans-epidermal water loss to improve moisturization. Calming emollients comfort stressed skin.
Consider this product if you have discomfort during perimenopause or after menopause; if you're undergoing treatement for breast cancer, Vulvodynia, Lichen Sclerosis, Lichen Planus, or other vulvar disorders; while taking oral contraceptives; or after vulvovaginal procedures including laser therapy or surgery. Note that if your discomfort is caused by an infection (which may be indicated by vaginal odor or discharge or painful urination), this product will not address the infection itself; see your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment.
We know from the popularity of Neogyn, which was discontinued, that a product like this one is important to many women.
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Water (aqua), octyldodecanol, borage officinalis (borage) seed oil, glyceryl stearate, glycerin, isodecyl oleate, stearic acid, propanediol, dimethicone, ceteareth-20, tocopheryl acetate, centearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, capriylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, carbomer, cetyl palmitate, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide.
With clean fingertips, apply to external genital tissues twice or up to four times daily as needed or as recommended by your health care provider. Follow instructions and cautions included with product.
Many of us in perimenopause or postmenopause struggle to get a solid night’s sleep. There are lots of possible causes, from night sweats (nocturnal hot flashes) to stress associated with events in our lives. One possible cause that’s often discounted by women—because it’s more common among men—is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder defined by disrupted breathing while you sleep. There are a couple of types: “obstructive” apnea is the more common variety, when your muscles relax and block your breathing; there’s another type that involves the brain not sending the right signals to regulate breathing; and sometimes there’s a combination of the two. What’s happening in obstructive sleep apnea is that your airway is obstructed (hence the name)...