Vibrators Treat Common Menopause Symptoms? It’s true!

11133994_10203643985772811_8760787330418850984_nOriginally published on Huffington Post a few years ago, but I love all the great info and though it was worth a share!

Hot flashes, night sweats, shifts in moods… women suffering from menopause are well aware of the symptoms. But one of the more embarrassing symptoms is vaginal dryness.

“Just like when women first get their periods, menopause is a big life change,” said Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine. “The lack of estrogen in the body decreases blood flow to the pelvic region. As a result, this can cause vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy, or a weakening of the muscle tone in the pelvic area that can lead to sexual dysfunction and painful sex.”

Vaginal dryness is a common complaint for women during and after menopause. To treat the irritating and embarrassing problem, doctors usually prescribe topical estrogen creams and gels that can be applied to the vagina for lubrication. But Dr. Minkin has a different, non-hormonal and slightly unconventional solution: vibrators.

Here, Dr. Minkin explains the benefits of using a vibrator to treat vaginal dryness.

How can a vibrator help with this common menopause symptom?

Vibrators improve reproductive and pelvic health help by stimulating pelvic blood flow, which increases vaginal moisture and boosts sexual response, all of which making sex (with or with a partner) more enjoyable. Like any muscle, the vagina is best kept healthy with regular exercise — it’s the “use it, or lose it” mentality. Deterioration is particularly common as more middle-age or older women find themselves in situations where they aren’t sexually active (single, divorced, widowed or aren’t having regular sex with partners).

Therapeutically, frequent vibrator use can prevent and ward off conditions such as painful vaginal dryness and atrophy. Within a month, women should notice a difference (even past menopause).

Can you walk us through how you diagnose your patients?

I always talk to my patients about her sex life — with or without a partner — during exams. Let’s say I have a post-menopausal patient who is experiencing a lot of vaginal dryness and is not sexually active. I’ll recommend she try the We-Vibe (pictured above) along with lubricant or with estrogen, if she’s comfortable. During the follow up visit, I’ve noticed patients will frequently tell me they don’t need the estrogen as much because increased activity via [a vibrator] provides more moisture. While vibrators can be used with or without estrogen, we work to find the best combination to keep women healthy and happy.

How have women you’ve treated responded to this treatment?

It’s been a very positive response so far. At least half of women I speak with are comfortable using vibrators. Of course I always work within a patient’s comfort zone, but my main goal as their doctor is to provide a variety of treatment options. The reality is, vibrators are a great, no-side effect solution to an issue that millions of women suffer from. My goal is to educate women that vibrators aren’t something to be embarrassed about — not only are they fun, but they also help women stay comfortable and happy during this sometimes uncomfortable stage in life.

How often do you recommend women use a vibrator for treatment?

I recommend my patients use a vibrator three to four times a week, but as Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” Also, I suggest patients use lubricants along with the vibrator since the body-safe product is made of medical-grade silicone.

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An Ode To Gigi (a love story)

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Oh, Gigi, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

1. Your sexy sueded silicone shell is so delightful to touch.

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2. The way you fit so comfortably in my hand.

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3. Your delicious curvy shape.

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4. The way your flattened tip provides full-contact to my special spots.

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5. Your simple-to-use controls.

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6. Your rainbow of colors.

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7. How easy you are to travel with. You come with your own satin bag, and your controller has a travel lock (so no accidental and potentially embarrassing buzzing in transit!)

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8. Your perfectly petite and discrete size.

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9. The way the settings for your powerful vibrations let me slowly build up the intensity, or explore the 8 different options.

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10. Your versatility. You are really two pleasure objects in one because you can be used for external or internal stimulation.

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11. That you are rechargeable, so I never have to…

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Pleasure Products 101: Bullets

A Bullet is traditionally defined as “A compact vibrating massager with endless uses: Clitoral stimulation; Between your bodies while being close; Stimulate the penis; Nipple stimulation, etc.”

These mini wonders are designed to be as compact as possible, and work wonderfully for solo use or with a partner. But don’t let their micro size fool you, these little massagers get the job done!

They are available with a battery pack that’s attached with a cord, or as cordless models. Both are equally great, it really just depends on which style suits your comfort level and whichever you like best.

My top picks in this category are: Continue reading