What is VagRenew™?
VagRenew™ was developed by a Board-Certified Urologist as a once-a-day natural alternative to estrogen creams to rejuvenate the female pelvic system. VagRenew™ is a unique estrogen-free, plant-based natural vaginal rejuvenation product because it is applied directly to the vagina, where the loss of estrogen during menopause is most noticeable.
What is menopause?
Menopause is defined as the last menses (period) that a woman has. In general, however, women who are done with their menses are said to be in menopause.
What about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has long been a mainstay of treatment for the symptoms of menopause by the medical community. Recently, some disturbing data has emerged linking HRT to some serious side effects, including heart attacks and strokes, the risk of blood clots, breast cancer, and cancer of the uterus.
What are phytoestrogens?
Phytoestrogens are similar to estrogens, which decrease markedly after entering menopause. They are very weak estrogens, however, and require very large doses to mimic the effects of estrogen in the body.
What happens when I take phytoestrogen dietary supplements?
The phytoestrogens are absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract quite well, and into the blood stream. All of the blood that drains from the gastrointestinal system, however, passes through the liver before moving to the rest of your body. Almost all of the phytoestrogens are metabolized (destroyed) by the liver in the so-called “first-pass” metabolism. This is true of some other dietary supplements as well.
What about dietary soy intake?
Increasing dietary soy has been shown to moderately decrease some of the systemic symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, irritability, etc.), but has not been shown to affect the bladder and sexual problems of menopause.
What about some of the creams I have seen for menopause?
Many of the creams on the market contain natural progesterone, a different kind of hormone that behaves in an altogether different fashion in the body. These can help restore a woman’s hormonal balance. Many women have benefited from progesterone creams. Other phytoestrogen creams contain very little active phytoestrogen.
Does a natural progesterone cream address all of the symptoms of menopause?
No. While progesterone creams are important for restoring the estrogen/progesterone balance, they fail to treat the pelvic symptoms of menopause – the vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, urinary frequency, pelvic pain, recurrent urinary tract and yeast infections, and urinary incontinence.
How do I treat those symptoms?
For many years, doctors have treated those symptoms with estrogen vaginal creams. These, however, need a prescription from a doctor.
Why does it need to be vaginal?
The goal is to increase the estrogen to the tissues that need it most – the vagina, the bladder, and the rest of the pelvic organs.
Are there any alternatives to vaginal estrogen?
Yes. VagRenew™ was developed as a natural alternative to the use of vaginal estrogen creams. It contains phytoestrogens, vitamin E (a natural lubricant), black cohosh and delivers them directly to the areas that need it most, bypassing the “first-pass” liver metabolism.
Can I use VagRenew™ along with other treatments for menopause?
Yes. Always check with your doctor. Many women are on both an oral HRT as well as vaginal estrogen for their pelvic symptoms. VagRenew™ is not intended as a replacement for progesterone creams, and may safely be used with them. It works through an entirely different mechanism, and is intended only for the relief of the pelvic symptoms of menopause.
I am having trouble fitting the applicator on the VagRenew™ cream tube or I seem to be running out of my first month tube faster than I expected. What should I do?
The applicator must be firmly placed on the tip of the VagRenew™ cream tube. While you are filling the tube, be sure to hold the applicator firmly in place. There is a certain amount of VagRenew™ cream that is lost each time the applicator is filled and this amount varies from person to person. If you find that you are running out of VagRenew™ cream faster than you expect, you may minimize loss of the cream by using a heaping 1/4 tsp of cream that you than rub into the folds of the labia and vagina with your fingers. Also keep in mind that when you begin using VagRenew™ cream, you will be using it every day. Thereafter, you will be using the cream either every other day or even less depending on your symptoms.